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This procedure is used when a tooth has been lost and there is extreme loss of bone and/ or gum tissue under a bridge. When a tooth is lost an ugly depression in the gum and bone usually appears. The missing tooth is replaced with a “dummy” or artificial tooth (called a pontic) to fill this space. If significant gum and/ or bone has been lost, the pontic must be larger and longer to fill the lost tissue space. If a pontic is longer than other teeth, this creates and unnatural appearance to the bridge and your smile. If the gum and bone has already collapsed, a Soft Tissue Ridge Augmentation Procedure may be the answer to reconstruct the deformed area to create a natural looking tooth and beautiful smile. If needed, sedation can be used to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
The need for a soft tissue ridge augmentation could be avoided with an atraumatic extraction and a socket preservation procedure by Drs. Craddock, Godat, and King.
The below pictures shows an ugly depression in gum and bone under the pontic in a bridge.
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