Bone loss can happen in two dimensions. The first is a loss of horizontal width caused by the collapse of bone surrounding the socket. The remaining ridge narrows and no longer allows room for an implant. The second is a loss of vertical bone height, which can also make it impossible to safely and securely place dental implants in the affected area. The ridge bone must be augmented in order to add enough height and horizontal width to fit dental implants.
In the ridge expansion procedure, the ridge bone is divided, and the inner and outer segments of bone are wedged apart. This creates a space between the divided sections of bone that can be filled with bone graft. The oral surgeon uses special instruments in order to perform the ridge expansion. Depending on the situation, simultaneous dental implants may be achieved during ridge expansion.
Your dentist at Lifetime Dental of The Woodlands will determine if ridge expansion is recommended for you. Call us at 281-363-0500.