Ridge Modification treats deformities in the upper and/or lower jaw. Deformities in such areas can occur from periodontal disease, trauma, injury, wearing dentures, or developmental difficulties. This deformity can lead to problems with the placement of dental implants.
Techniques used to regenerate bone in a deficient ridge:
Onlay graft or Block graft: A small block of bone that is protected with small fixation screw into the region of deficiency may help restore the bony defect.
Guided bone regeneration: This dental surgical procedure helps correct the defected jaw by re-growing it using bone and a specialized membrane.
Infuse Bone Graft (BMP): The morphogenetic protein is isolated and can be grown in the laboratory for use on bone regeneration.
Ridge splitting: Jaw ridges with narrow width can be split and expanded during the implant placement.
What happens during the Ridge Modification Procedure?
- The gum is lifted away from the ridge, in effort to uncover the defect in the bone.
- Bone graft material may be used to fill the defected bone. This can help regenerate lost bone.
- At last, the incision is closed and will require several months of healing.
- Depending on the case, the bone will typically be allowed to progress for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed.
- Depending on the precise condition of the bone, a dental implant could potentially be placed during the ridge modification procedure, or when healing is complete.