Ridge and sinus augmentations are surgical dental procedures used to fill in areas of the gum line and underlying bone that have deteriorated as a result of tooth loss or extraction. Specifically, a ridge augmentation, refers to the reconstruction of degenerated or underdeveloped gums, and a sinus augmentation, refers to an enhancement of the amount and consistency of the maxillary jaw bone by lifting the sinus floor and grafting bone into the jaw line. These state of the art procedures are capable of restoring a natural appearance, as well as making it possible for some patients to qualify for dental implants.
Did You Know…
that tooth loss is not the only reason for getting a ridge or sinus augmentation? Many patients have deteriorated gum lines or inadequate jaw bone support caused by oral diseases, such as periodontal disease, or a physical trauma to the face. Others experience bone atrophy caused by prolonged denture wear. By grafting in bone and building up the gum line, Dr. Gregory J. Young can make it possible for a patient’s jaw and gums to support permanent dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for sinus or ridge augmentation?
You may be a candidate for a sinus or ridge augmentation if you have been denied dental implants in the past due to inadequate supporting tissues. You may also qualify if your receded gum line is a source of insecurity or embarrassment. To find out more about sinus and ridge augmentations and whether you qualify, contact Dr. Gregory J. Young for a consultation today.
Will I need to follow any special instructions following my procedure?
It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort following your procedure though these symptoms should subside within a few days.