When there are defects present in the jaw bone, there may not be adequate bone volume remaining in which to place dental implants. These defects may be caused by bone loss due to the extraction of a tooth, periodontal disease, prolonged denture use, developmental defects, injury or trauma.
To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone, or bone substitute, to build up the ridge. Dr. Ramirez will provide information on the various graft options prior to the procedure. Once the graft is secure and contained, the incision is closed, and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone will usually be allowed to develop for about four to six months before implants are placed. In some cases, the implants can be placed at the same time the ridge is modified.