Ridge Preservation in Copperas Cove, TX

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What Is Ridge Preservation?

Ridge preservation is a procedure using bone grafts that can be performed immediately following a tooth extraction to preserve the jaw and surrounding tissue. This procedure can help you to maintain your facial structure and prepare your jaw for a future dental implant. Ridge preservation utilizes a unique bone grafting material to fill the empty sockets that your tooth roots previously occupied. This specialized filling will aid in the regrowth of bone tissue and keep the tooth sockets from breaking down. If you need to have a tooth extraction, speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff about whether ridge preservation may work for your needs.

Ideal Candidates for Ridge Preservation

Ridge preservation is meant for men and women who are having a permanent tooth removed and plan to get a dental implant in the future to replace the tooth. This treatment can lessen your chances of bone loss after a tooth extraction and may eliminate the need for future bone grafts. Before your tooth extraction, one of our qualified dentists can discuss ridge preservation for future dental implants to determine if this option is right for you.

What Happens During Ridge Preservation?

Ridge preservation will be performed in our office following your permanent tooth extraction. You will be under local anesthesia, and you may also benefit from nitrous oxide sedation during treatment. After your tooth is removed, ridge preservation will be performed by filling the now-empty sockets with our bone grafting substance. We may also include collagen and tissue regeneration boosters to promote healing and bone growth. The tooth sockets will then be closed using sutures, and you will be given instructions on how to best care for your healing mouth.

Recovery Following Ridge Preservation

After your ridge preservation is complete, you may experience inflammation and pain. This can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication, but one of our dentists may write you a prescription if necessary. You may choose to follow a liquid or soft food diet and to avoid spitting, smoking, or drinking through a straw in the days following your procedure to prevent discomfort. We may want you to return to ACE Dental of Cove after 7 – 10 days to check your healing progress and remove sutures. Routine oral hygiene is crucial both during your recovery period and afterward to ensure your continued dental health. Our dental professionals will monitor your healing and let you know when it’s safe to proceed with a dental implant.

Insurance Coverage for Ridge Preservation

Depending on your dental insurance plan, ridge preservation may be partially or fully covered. A member of our administrative team will get in touch with your insurance provider to find out about your particular coverage and let you know what your expected portion of expenses will be. If you don’t have dental insurance or if you can’t afford your dental expenses, ACE Dental of Cove is proud to accept several payment methods and can help you obtain low-interest medical financing for your convenience.

Prepare for Implants With Ridge Preservation

Ridge preservation after a tooth extraction can prepare you for future dental implant placement. By filling the empty sockets with healthy tissue for improved bone development, you’ll be in a better position to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. For more information about ridge preservation, contact our office in Copperas Cove, TX today!

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