Dr. Douglas Hauck may recommend ridge modification in Newport Beach, California, to treat a bone deformity in either the upper or lower jaw. These deformities can be caused by many factors, including:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Injury
  • Trauma
  • Developmental problems
  • Wearing dentures

These types of defects can be detrimental when trying to place dental implants, and they also leave an indentation in the jawline. With the ridge modification procedure, however, we can encourage the growth of healthy bone so that you can qualify for a dental implant.

As part of the ridge modification procedure, we will pull the gums away from the ridge to get a more complete view of the area in question. Depending on your individual situation, the defect will be filled with either bone graft material (which helps encourage bone regeneration) or a bone substitute. Then our dentist will close the incision. At that point, there will be several months of healing. If part of your treatment plan includes a dental implant, the dental implant could be placed either during the ridge modification or after healing is complete. This usually depends on the quality and state of the bone. When complete, the ridge modification procedure can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile as well as the function of the mouth. To learn more about dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, or any of the services we offer, please contact Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. soon.