Streamlined Care for Dental Implants
Tooth extractions and jawbone recession can both cause changes in the natural shape of your gums and jaw. In many cases, these changes can also affect your candidacy for certain tooth replacement treatments, including dental implants and dentures. Fortunately, the team at Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C., can perform a ridge augmentation to maintain your alveolar ridge. Drs. Turner P. Emery and Dr. Rizzo can perform this advanced procedure in a private surgical center at our Knoxville, TN, practice. We can also perform this treatment immediately after tooth extraction for streamlined care.
Grafted material is added to the alveolar ridge to restore the missing portion of the jawbone structure.
How the Procedure Works
Typically, we can perform ridge augmentation under local anesthesia. However, we also offer several forms of sedation for improved comfort. For some patients, only a small graft is needed. For others, the entire ridge needs rebuilding. The duration of your treatment will depend on how much work is needed.
Depending on your needs, we can perform this procedure immediately after a tooth extraction to prevent issues with your jaw during the healing process.
During the procedure, our surgeons will create an incision in the gum line at the treatment area. Then they will pack the area with the donor material to rebuild the alveolar ridge. Once complete, they will close the incisions with sutures.
After Your Ridge Augmentation
The incisions in the gums will typically heal in about two weeks. It can take four to six months for the grafted tissue to fully integrate with your jaw. We will monitor your healing during follow-up appointments. If you wish to replace a tooth with an implant-supported restoration, we will determine when it is safe to proceed with placement surgery.
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Our Office Locations
We have two office locations in Knoxville, TN.