Ridge Augmentation in Pearland, TX

Revitalize Your Jawbone with Ridge Augmentation at Pearland Dental Group

Are you struggling with jawbone deterioration after tooth loss? Don’t let this issue compromise your oral health or future dental work. At Pearland Dental Group, our experienced Pearland, TX, dentists, Dr. Rushi Dave and Dr. Mili Shah, are skilled in ridge augmentation, a transformative procedure that rebuilds and preserves the jawbone structure. 


Discover how this innovative solution can pave the way for a beautiful, functional smile by calling our Southeast Texas dental practice at (281) 993-9900.

What Is Ridge Augmentation?

Ridge augmentation, also known as ridge preservation, is a type of bone grafting procedure that rebuilds the jawbone’s natural shape and density after tooth loss. When a tooth is extracted or missing, the surrounding bone begins to deteriorate or resorb over time, leading to a sunken appearance and potential complications for future dental work. Ridge augmentation proactively addresses this issue by grafting bone graft material into the extraction site, preventing bone loss and preserving the ridge for dental implants or restorations.

Benefits of Ridge Augmentation (Ridge Preservation)

Some of the many benefits of ridge augmentation include the following:


  • Preservation of Natural Contours: Ridge augmentation helps maintain the original shape and structure of the jawbone and surrounding gum tissue, promoting a harmonious and natural appearance.
  • Foundation for Dental Implants: Ridge augmentation creates a solid and reliable base for dental implants or other restorative procedures, ensuring stability and longevity.
  • Enhanced Aesthetic Outcome: Ridge augmentation improves the appearance of future dental work by providing a more stable, aesthetically pleasing foundation for restorations.
  • Prevention of Facial Collapse: Ridge augmentation helps prevent the sunken or collapsed appearance of the face that can occur after bone loss, preserving facial aesthetics and youthful contours.
  • Reduced Need for Extensive Procedures: Ridge augmentation minimizes the necessity for more invasive and extensive bone graft procedures in the future by preserving existing bone volume and density.
  • Improved Success of Dental Implants: Ridge augmentation enhances the likelihood of successful dental implant placement and integration by ensuring adequate bone support and stability.
  • Support for Oral Health and Function: Ridge augmentation promotes oral health and function by maintaining jawbone integrity and supporting surrounding teeth and soft tissues.
  • Improved Speech and Chewing Function: Ridge augmentation can enhance speech clarity and chewing efficiency by providing a stable foundation for dental prosthetics such as dental implants. This in turn improves overall oral function and comfort.

Who Qualifies for Ridge Augmentation?

You may qualify for ridge augmentation if any of the following apply to you:


  • Individuals who have recently had a tooth extracted
  • Patients with congenitally missing teeth
  • Those with jawbone deterioration from periodontal disease or injury
  • Individuals with significant bone loss
  • Candidates for dental implant placement who lack sufficient bone density
  • Patients seeking to improve their smile
  • Anyone interested in preserving jawbone structure for future dental work

The Ridge Augmentation Process


Before any bone augmentation procedures take place, you’ll have an initial consultation with one of our Pearland dentists. During your initial consultation at Pearland Dental Group, Dr. Rushi Dave or Dr. Mili Shah will carefully evaluate your oral health, discuss your goals, and determine if ridge augmentation is the right solution for you. They’ll explain the oral and maxillofacial surgery in detail, address any concerns, and develop a personalized bone augmentation treatment plan.


Before the ridge augmentation procedure, you may need additional treatments, such as tooth extractions or periodontal therapy, to ensure a healthy foundation. Your Pearland dentist will provide comprehensive pre-operative instructions, including necessary dietary or medication adjustments to help ensure the bone graft procedure goes smoothly.

Ridge Augmentation

The ridge augmentation procedure typically involves making a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. Our Pearland dentist will then place bone graft material, which can be derived from various sources (e.g., synthetic, animal, or your own bone), into the extraction site or area of bone loss. This bone graft material encourages new bone growth and maintains the ridge’s shape and height.


Finally, the gum tissue is sutured to allow healing of the bone graft. If you’re planning to undergo dental implant placement, sufficient time will be needed for the bone graft to heal before dental implants can be installed.

Ridge Augmentation Aftercare

After your ridge augmentation procedure, proper aftercare is vital to ensuring your oral health. Our Pearland dentists provide the following ridge augmentation aftercare tips:

  • Follow post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing of the bone graft.
  • Take prescribed medications, such as antibiotics and pain relievers, as directed.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for the first few days after the bone grafting material has been placed.
  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene by gently brushing around the bone graft site and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Attend follow-up dental appointments for monitoring and evaluation of the bone graft.
  • Avoid smoking and hard or crunchy foods to avoid irritating the bone graft during the healing process.
  • Stick to a soft diet for the first few days to promote healing and reduce the risk of dislodging the bone graft material.
  • While the bone graft is healing, opt for an alcohol-free or prescribed antimicrobial mouthwash recommended by your dentist.
  • Report any unusual symptoms, such as severe pain or excessive bleeding, to our Pearland dentists immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of the procedure can vary depending on the extent of the treatment area, but it typically takes one to two hours. Your dentist will give you a more accurate breakdown of the treatment time during your consultation. 

While some discomfort is expected after the procedure, your dentist will provide appropriate pain management techniques and medications to minimize discomfort. Post-op, over-the-counter pain medications can help manage any lingering discomfort. 

The healing process can take several months, during which the bone graft material will gradually integrate with your natural bone. However, the exact time frame can vary from patient to patient. 

Coverage for ridge augmentation procedures varies depending on the insurance plan and the specific circumstances of the treatment. In some cases, ridge augmentation may be covered if it’s deemed medically necessary to restore oral function or prevent further complications. 

However, cosmetic ridge augmentation procedures may not be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage options and potential out-of-pocket expenses for bone augmentation.

Call Pearland Dental Group for Smile Transformation with Ridge Augmentation!

At Pearland Dental Group, our dentists are dedicated to restoring the radiant smiles of patients from Pearland and surrounding areas like Fresno, Houston, Alvin, and League City, TX. If you’re curious about the benefits of ridge augmentation or other bone grafting procedures, don’t hesitate to contact our Pearland dental office at (281) 993-9900. Invest in your smile’s future and experience the life-changing benefits of ridge augmentation today.

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