Frequently after an extraction, a sunken spot or concave appearance will develop in the gum line. This may limit the amount of bone available for implant placement.  It is unsightly and can also jeopardize the appearance of an implant or a bridge that goes over the area. Grafting material can be inserted under the gum to fill out this depression.

Ridge augmentation is often necessary to build up enough of bone so that a dental implant can be placed.  Placement of bone graft material into the socket at the time of tooth extraction can greatly minimize shrinkage of the ridge and the need for subsequent ridge augmentation. 

Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently opens the area. He then fills the sunken area with grafting material.




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