What Is Ridge Preservation?
Ridge preservation is a dental procedure that safeguards the jawbone after a tooth has been extracted. It involves placing a bone graft to converse the bone tissue for future dental implants. When a tooth is removed, most patients think they have plenty of time to seek help for dental implants, but the opposite is actually true. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, our caring team will fill the empty tooth socket with bone material to promote a strong foundation for a healthy, functional smile. If you need a tooth extraction and would like to prevent bone loss, call our office in Bellmead, TX to schedule a consultation to learn more about ridge preservation. We look forward to serving you.
Ideal Candidates for Ridge Preservation
Ridge preservation is typically reserved for those who plan to have an adult tooth removed from the upper or lower jaw. This procedure can protect the empty tooth socket from collapsing and prevent bone deterioration. If you are planning for tooth extraction, contact ACE Dental of Bellmead to discuss all of your options for sustaining optimal bone health. With ridge preservation, we can decrease your chances of needing bone grafts in the future and guard your jaw until you are ready for dental implants.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Ridge preservation is a common oral surgery that is performed at our office in Bellmead, TX under local anesthesia. Our team can also incorporate sedation dentistry to help make your treatment more comfortable. Once you are prepped, your tooth will be removed, and we'll start the ridge preservation portion of your procedure. Initially, the vacant tooth socket will be filled with a bone graft and then tissue regeneration factors will be administered to stimulate bone growth. Lastly, sutures will be used to secure the tooth socket, and you'll be free to go home.
Recovery Following Ridge Preservation
Swelling and general discomfort is to be expected following your procedure, but these symptoms are normal and will dissipate as you heal. They can also be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication and a cold compress. We encourage patients to follow all post-op instructions provided by our office and to avoid hard foods over the next few days. Typically, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled after 7 – 10 days so we can check on your progress. Keeping up with routine brushing and flossing will also aid in optimal healing. If you have any lingering discomfort or questions, do not hesitate to call our office.
Insurance Coverage for Your Care
Partial coverage for ridge preservation might be included in some dental plans, but it depends on your provider. Our office will be happy to contact your insurer to review your benefits and make sure that your coverage is being maximized. We can also estimate your treatment costs and determine how much you'll need to pay out-of-pocket. ACE Dental of Bellmead accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing.
protect your oral structures
Ridge preservation can help safeguard your bone tissue for the future placement of a dental implant. Without sufficient bone mass, dental implants won't have enough support to secure crowns, bridges, or dentures. Reach out to ACE Dental of Bellmead if you are considering tooth extraction. Our skilled Bellmead, TX team can help protect your smile for long-term oral health and function.