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Gentle Care Dental Center
Dr. Arash Aftabi
Dentistry • Periodontics • Implants
Call: (562) 431-4200

Ridge Modification

Ridge modification is an effective procedure for treating deformities in the upper and lower jaws.  These deformities can occur as a result of periodontal disease, trauma, injury, wearing dentures, or developmental problems.  Such defects can leave insufficient bone for the placement of dental implants and an additional unattractive indentation in the jaw line adjacent to the missing teeth.

During the ridge modification procedure, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to fully expose the defect in the bone.  The bony defect can be filled with bone graft material that can help regenerate lost bone or a bone substitute. Finally, the incision is closed and several months of healing will be required.  Depending on the case and type of implant and procedure, the dental implant might be placed during the ridge modification procedure or when healing is complete; this all depends on the condition of the bone.  Ridge modification improves the cosmetic appearance, functionality of the mouth, and the chance of enjoying dental implants for many years.

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Office Locations

  • Seal Beach
  • 13001 Seal Beach Blvd
  • Suite 310
  • Seal Beach, CA
  • 90740
  • Map & Directions
  • Call: (562) 431-4200
  • Tustin
  • 13420 Newport Avenue
  • Suite H
  • Tustin, CA
  • 92780
  • Map & Directions
  • Call: (714) 840-1600