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114 Minnie St. Suite D Fairbanks, AK. 99701 (907) 202-9024

To Our Valued Patients

For the past 10 years, Fairbanks Periodontal Associates has taken great pride in treating our patients compassionately and safely. We have always maintained strict adherence to regulations from the CDC qnd ADA. Universal precautions, such as masks, gloves, eye protection, and disinfection of treatment rooms have always been the standard in our practice. Our sterilization procedures remain state-of-the-art, with all instruments being sterilized before any use.

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Ridge Augmentation


Graphic about Ridge AugmentationHere at Fairbanks Periodontal Associates, we are experts in ridge augmentation; a dental treatment performed after extraction of a tooth. It helps rebuild the contour and jaw of the gum that may have been lost after losing bone due to a tooth extraction or any other reason.

The alveolar jaw ridge is the bone that surrounds the gum and the roots of a tooth. The alveolar ridge bone leaves an empty socket when our dental professionals remove a tooth. However, the empty socket will over time heal, and fill with tissue and bone. The bone surrounding the cavity can sometimes break after tooth extraction, but it will eventually heal. However, the previous width and height of the empty socket will worsen.

It isn’t medically necessary to rebuild the width and height of the alveolar ridge, but our qualified oral surgeons and dentists can recommend it for aesthetic purposes and dental implant placement. The jawbone supports the structure of dental implants, but ridge augmentation can help rebuild the jawbone after extraction of a tooth to accommodate an implant.

How is Ridge Augmentation Done?


Our qualified dental professionals accomplish ridge augmentation by securing and placing bone graft material on the ridge or the surface of the jaw. Our dental practitioners may use a space-maintaining procedure over the jawbone to facilitate the growth of the bone. They will then place the dental implant on the jaw once the bone graft heals. We perform ridge augmentation procedure while our patients are under sedation or anesthesia.

Reasons for Augmentation


Your jaw should have healthy and strong bones for dental implants to hold onto the jawbone securely. However, conditions such as trauma or injury to the jaw or face, periodontal or gum disease, or previous oral conditions, can compromise the quality of your bone. Bone density level of patients with worn dentures or a tooth missing for many years can be insufficient to support dental implants. Fortunately, our bone grafting procedure is painless, and we complete our invasive procedure in our surgeon’s office.

Our qualified dental professionals can decide to perform both tooth extraction and bone augmentation together to try to speed up your recovery. However, for patients with a missing tooth, the process has to start with sedation or local anesthetic to numb the gum area and expose the bone. Our oral surgeons will then attach the bone graft material to the bone, and use proteins and collagen to encourage the growth of the bone.

Our dental professionals will, in most cases, utilize sedation or local anesthesia to remove bone from the diseased area. However, someone whose bone has to be extracted from the hip has to undergo surgery under general anesthesia. Cadaver or allograft, which involves extracting bone from another human, is another alternative option for this. After undergoing bone augmentation, our qualified oral surgeons and dentists will give you oral care instructions for quick recovery. It may take up to nine months to heal, and you may not be able to eat some foods or wear a denture. For more information about ridge augmentation, call Fairbanks Periodontal Associates at (907) 202-9024 today.
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