There are situations where patients require implant in which there is sufficient bone length but there wont be sufficient width. If there is a problem with bone height, we can do bone augmentation or sinus lift. But what about the insufficient width That is where the ridge split option exist.
Ridge widening or augmentation is achieved by splitting the crest of atrophic and edentulous bony ridges. When ridges are narrow at about less than 4mm in width, they might require horizontal augmentation to place dental implants. A lateral ridge split technique usually resolves the problem of narrow ridges allowing simultaneous placements of dental implants.
The ridge split technique is either a one stage procedure where implant is placed simultaneously or as 2 stage procedure in which first ridge split and bone augmentation and later date implant placement done.
Dr. Sudhakar Reddy performs the ridge split technique to widen the narrow ridges and achieve adequate height for implant insertion.
Can see the gallery to view insufficient bone width cases that are managed by ridge splitting done by Dr. Sudhakara Reddy
Authored By DR. SUDHAKARA REDDY - Implantologist, Bangalore