To preserve dental health as well as overall well being, it is sometimes necessary to have a tooth extracted. In many cases a tooth extraction is the result of dental disease or injury. However, without teeth in place the soft tissue and the supporting bone in the affected area may degenerate or shrink. This can complicate future efforts to fabricate a replacement tooth like a dental bridge or dental implant.
Ridge preservation is a procedure designed to retain the soft tissue and bone structure at the site of an extracted tooth. After a tooth is removed, bone-grafting material is placed in the socket to promote healing and encourage new bone development. Maintaining adequate bone and supporting the soft tissues following a tooth extraction by means of a ridge preservation procedure, facilitates the successful placement of a dental implant.