When a tooth is extracted, the bone surrounding the tooth sockets tends to cave in and leave behind an indentation in the arch. This can change the appearance of your face and jaw and also impact your future candidacy for receiving a dental implant. Ridge preservation is a type of bone grafting procedure that Dr. Edward Delgado and Dr. Michael Kuzmik use to preserve a recent extraction site, prepare the bone for solid implant support, and maintain natural aesthetic contours of the jaw. Following a tooth extraction, our board-certified oral surgeons perform ridge preservation by adding healthy bone directly into the extraction sites. This bone graft is given time to heal and integrate with the jaw to create the bone support needed for long-term tooth replacement with a dental implant. If you have a damaged or unsalvageable tooth that requires extraction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Delgado or Dr. Kuzmik at one of our Virginia oral surgery practices today to learn if ridge preservation can improve your oral health.
"Dr. Alharbi was excellent! He was very professional and is good with his patients. I had two teeth extracted and he followed up with me and exchanged communications answering all my questions and making sure that I was alright. His entire staff was extremely professional and his assistant Sue Lynn went out of her way to make me feel comfortable with the procedure and providing post-surgery instructions. I highly recommend this practice!"- S.E. / Google / Sep 22, 2023
"Professional service from Dr Delgado. He performed the surgery in a very skilled and careful way. He was very reassuring. His staff are excellent. SueLynn his assistant was very calming and reassuring. The after care plan with questions answered, diet was very thorough. I would recommend this service"- L.B. / Google / Sep 05, 2023
"Drs. Delgado and Kuzmik are excellent oral surgeons. The office is pleasant and very professional. I highly recommend this office for your oral surgery needs. BTW ... I am a retired dentist."- J.F. / Google / Aug 30, 2023
"Yesterday, Dr Delgado installed the dental implant screw that will hold my planned new molar crown. I can’t thank the entire team enough for making it a — dare I say —pleasurable experience. Dr. Delgado performed the work methodically and expertly — and ensured that I was 100 percent pain free from start to finish. SueLynn, helped me with the pre-procedure imaging, assisted during the procedure, and reviewed with me the post-op instructions. She couldn’t have been more generous with her time and insights. Likewise, the folks at the front desk were beyond courteous. If you need an oral surgeon, you want the best. I have no doubt I’ve found that with Dr. Delgado’s team. —— After I badly fractured a tooth and lived with the pain for several days, I discussed my options with my dentist and endodontist. They both concluded that the best course of action was likely to have the tooth removed and replaced with an implant. They referred me to Dr. Delgado who graciously got me in right away. He, and importantly his staff, were unfailing generous with their time in explaining the process and performing the procedure. Dr Delgado performed the extraction expertly. It was quick and painless. I was stitched up and on my way home in about an hour. It’s now nearly 24 hours later and I’m pain free. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, and I look forward to working with his team on follow-up appointments to plan for the new implant."- D.M. / Google / Aug 25, 2023
"Staff is excellent everyone from the front desk to the dental assistants. Sue-Lynn was very helpful in explaining all post-procedure instructions. Would recommend this practice."- J.T. / Google / Aug 23, 2023
If you have a damaged, decayed, loose, or otherwise hopeless tooth that needs to be extracted, you may be a candidate for a ridge preservation bone grafting procedure. Leaving teeth unreplaced after tooth extractions can lead to loss of bone in the jaw and changes in your physical appearance. Dental implants are often used to replace missing or extracted teeth but do require adequate levels of bone in order to work. Ridge preservation can improve your candidacy for replacing a missing or extracted tooth with a dental implant and can help you maintain a more youthful facial profile. During your treatment consultation, our skilled oral surgeons will review your treatment options and oral health needs and let you know if ridge preservation is right for your smile.
What to Expect
Ridge preservation bone grafting is often completed immediately following a tooth extraction. Dr. Delgado and Dr. Kuzmik offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to help keep you comfortable and relaxed during your ridge preservation procedure. Before beginning your extraction procedure, our doctors will thoroughly numb the treatment area and perform either a simple or surgical extraction to remove your tooth. Our surgical team will then fill the bone sockets left by your tooth roots with bone grafting material taken from your own body or another biocompatible donor source. To provide the best possible treatment outcomes, we may incorporate tissue regenerative materials into your bone grafting sites to expedite your body's ability to heal and regenerate new bone tissue. Our doctors will then suture the gums and rinse the treatment sites.
Following your tooth extraction and ridge preservation procedure, our team will provide specific post-op instructions on how to care for your mouth during the healing and recovery phase. You may notice swelling or discomfort that typically can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses. Please contact our practice immediately if you develop a fever or have significant pain or uncontrolled bleeding. A follow-up visit may be scheduled with Dr. Delgado or Dr. Kuzmik to check your healing and let you know when the area will be ready for dental implant surgery.
Depending on your specific dental insurance plan and provider, ridge preservation may be a covered procedure. Our knowledgeable business team will review your coverage amounts and let you know of any personal expenses that you may incur. We strive to make receiving oral surgical care affordable for all patients and accept several types of payment options. If you are not using dental insurance or if your insurance does not offer full coverage for this procedure, we can provide information on medical financing through CareCredit®.
Alveolar Ridge Preservation
Preserving your jawbone following a tooth extraction can help you restore your smile with a dental implant. Ridge preservation bone grafting procedures with Dr. Delgado and Dr. Kuzmik strengthen the jaw by adding tissue to extraction sites and helping to maintain a natural facial appearance and jaw contours. Learn more about our ridge preservation techniques and tooth extraction procedures by scheduling a visit at one of our state-of-the-art Virginia practices today.