In certain situations, the jaw bone is so severely atrophic that a separate bone grafting procedure is needed to grow enough bone first before a dental implant can be placed. Ridge augmentation refers to the procedure whereby new bone is grown on the remaining jaw bone to achieved adequate bone for implant therapy to be feasible. If the extensiveness of jaw bone atrophy is not so severe, ridge augmentation can sometime be done at the same time when implant is being inserted. Ridge augmentation typically involves using bone grafting materials, barrier membranes, fixation screws, and growth factor(s). The recommended waiting time following ridge augmentation for bone to mature before the placement of dental implants is usually 6-8 months.
Vertical Bone Growth on Jaw Bone in Preparation for Dental Implants
Horizontal Bone Growth on Jaw Bone in Preparation for Dental Implants