Ridge modification is an effective procedure for treating bone loss in the upper and lower jaws. Bone loss occurs as a result of periodontal disease, trauma, injury, wearing dentures, or developmental problems. Such defects can leave insufficient bone for the placement of dental implants and an additional unattractive indentation in the jaw line adjacent to the missing teeth.
The bony defect can be filled with bone graft material which can help regenerate lost bone, or a bone substitute.
A few months of healing will be required for the bone to “take.” Depending on the case and type of implant and procedure, a dental implant may be placed during the ridge modification procedure or when healing is complete; much depends on the precise condition of the bone. Ridge modification improves the cosmetic appearance, functionality of the mouth, and the chance of enjoying dental implants for many years.