Ridge Splitting

For many considering dental implants, the thickness of the jawbone can be a determining factor for the procedure’s success. In scenarios where the jawbone is not wide enough to support implants, ridge splitting provides an innovative solution.

Ridge splitting, often referred to as the ridge expansion technique, is designed to increase the width of the jawbone to accommodate dental implants. Under local anesthesia, a small incision is made in the gums to expose the jawbone. Precision instruments are then used to create a thin space in the bone, essentially “splitting” it. Once the bone is split, it creates a gap which is filled with bone graft material, encouraging bone growth and increasing width. The gums are sutured back, covering the grafting site to allow healing. The bone graft will need time to integrate with the existing jawbone. Typically, a few months of healing is required before dental implants can be placed.

Why Ridge Splitting can be Essential for Dental Implants

If you do not have enough bone, ridge splitting allows for better positioning of dental implants, ensuring they align perfectly with existing teeth. It also helps to thicken the jawbone. A thicker jawbone is a key to the longevity and stability of dental implants. Ridge splitting helps in maintaining the natural contour of the jawline and gums, ensuring aesthetic appeal post-implant placement.

Make your dream of a flawless smile a reality. Call our periodontists, Dr. Dan Thousand and Dr. Katelyn Fleming at Periodontal Associates and embrace the future of dental health. Learn more about ridge splitting in Centennial, Colorado, by calling 303-795-5700 to schedule a consultation.