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March/April • 2010

 

Soft Tissue Ridge Augmentation

When a tooth is removed, the bone that previously supported the tooth can be lost creating a “defect”. This happens because the bone is no longer needed when there is no tooth to support. This creates an indention in your gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. These defects can create difficulties with the restoration of the empty space.

Soft tissue augmentation can be done to replace the “indented” area with soft tissue. This procedure can be done in an area that your restorative dentist wishes to replace a traditional bridge.

Before Tissue Graft

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After Tissue Graft

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During this procedure, your Periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source and places in underneath your existing tissue in the areas that have an indentation.  This procedure allows the space filling tooth be appear as it come out of the tissue which results in a more “natural” appearance to prosthetic restorations.