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The Alveolar Ridge
Alveolar ridge is a term which is used for the osseous portion of the jaw which holds the tooth sockets and thereby gives support to the teeth. This part is therefore very essential and is also known as the tooth bone. Once a tooth is lost, the corresponding part of the alveolar ridge begins to gradually regress in height and width. This is because this area is no longer subjected to the chewing forces and the body begins to retract the rudimentary bone. This regression may occur over a period of time; in some people it may deteriorate within a few months while in others over a period of years. Once regression has taken place, implantation is not possible as damage may be caused to the nerves or any of the sinuses. The patients bone is transplanted from other parts of the body (for example: the jaw area) in order to accommodate the implantation. This video will help you get a better idea about the Alveolar ridge and how to prevent ridge atrophy.
Produced: 05/2011