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If you are having a tooth extracted or are already missing a tooth, you may need to have a ridge augmentation. Here are some answers to questions you may have:

What is ridge augmentation?

A ridge augmentation is a type of jawbone graft, a surgery where a portion of bone is literally grafted onto the alveolar ridge of the jaw, or the bone that surrounds and supports the roots of the teeth, so as to increase its strength.

Where does the bone come from?

It depends upon the state of your jawbone and other parts of your body’s biology. There are three possibilities:1. bovine bone (i.e. cow bone), which has been tested to be very effective at integrating with your body. 2. Portions of your own bone, as your body will most easily accept these cells and integrate well with them. 3. Artificial bone material and bone fragments from tissue banks.

How long can I wait before my dental implant?

If you are getting a bone graft in order to receive a dental implant, your wait time depends on how extensive the graft might be. Major grafts might need a few months to fully bond with your original jaw to the point where it can support the implant. For a minor graft, you might be able to get the dental implant shortly after your bone graft or even at the same time. Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs can give you a more personalized estimate.

Call Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates in Tomball, Texas at 281-205-4717 for more information.