Sometimes after an extraction, a sunken spot or concave appearance will develop in your gum line. This looks unsightly and can also jeopardize the appearance of a bridge that goes over the area. Grafting material can be inserted under the gum to fill out this depression.
Ridge augmentation can also be used to build up an area of bone so that a dental implant can be placed.
There are several types of bone graft materials available. Dr. Philip Fava will help determine the type that is most appropriate for you and your specific anatomical requirements. There are advantages and disadvantages of each, but they all act to promote the growth of your own bone in the areas they are placed.
Procedure: Dr. Philip Fava administers a local anesthetic and gently opens the area. He then fills the sunken area with grafting material.