Ridge Preservation Overview
Led by Dr. Brett Cotham, a ridge preservation procedure by one of our talented dentists can help preserve the bone and gum tissue after a tooth extraction. This procedure has many benefits, including how it prepares the bone socket for an implant without the need for a surgical graft. It can also help to maintain the natural look of your smile after extraction. Immediately following a tooth extraction, a ridge preservation procedure uses a specialized bone-grafting product to fill the empty socket. This filling material can help to promote the regrowth of the socket. If you are needing a tooth extraction procedure, contact 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO to learn more about ridge preservation and how it can be helpful to you.
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Best Candidates for Ridge Preservation
Any individual who needs a simple or surgical tooth extraction would be a candidate for a ridge preservation procedure. It is also helpful if you wish to receive a dental implant to replace your tooth. This procedure can decrease ridge atrophy that may occur after the extraction, and it can also minimize the need for a surgical graft in the future. A ridge preservation procedure also works to protect and cover the extraction socket from infection and lost volume in the jawbone. Before deciding to perform a tooth extraction, our team will check to make sure you are a candidate for ridge preservation following your extraction procedure.
What to Expect from Ridge Preservation
The ridge preservation procedure will be done in our office. During your consultation, one of our dentists will explain your sedation options, depending on the length of your procedure and your personal needs. After your tooth has been extracted with care to maintain the bone as much as possible, we will begin the ridge preservation procedure by filling the empty socket with the bone grafting material. The region may then be covered with a barrier material or sutures. Initially, the material will support the healing of the surrounding tissue and over time, the regrowth of bone will offer support to the area.
Recovery for Ridge Preservation
Our team will provide specific aftercare instructions following your procedure. You might experience some slight swelling or discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications if necessary. If you experience lasting pain, excessive bleeding, or a high fever, it is important that you contact our office immediately. Another appointment with one of our dentists may also be necessary so they can evaluate your healing process or determine if you are ready to receive an implant.
Insurance Coverage for Ridge Preservation
Your procedure may be covered partially by your insurance provider. Our financial team will contact your dental insurance provider before your treatment to determine any additional costs. To make your care affordable, 32nd Street Dental accepts many payment methods, including medical financing.
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Alveolar Ridge Preservation
When a tooth extraction is performed, it is important to protect the gum tissue and bone surrounding the tooth. A ridge preservation procedure at 32nd Street Dental works to protect the empty extraction socket and prevent future problems. In addition, it makes it much easier to get an implant and other restorations to renew your smile. To learn more about ridge preservation after a tooth extraction, contact our office in Joplin, MO to schedule a consultation with one of our seasoned dentists.