Tooth extraction can leave an open socket that starts a domino effect of other dental problems if left untreated. Ridge augmentation is one option to minimize these complications by recreating the natural shape of the jaw and gums.
The alveolar ridge is the bone line that forms the base for the roots of your teeth. Bone graft material can be placed in the empty tooth socket located in the ridge. Sometimes, this ridge augmentation is done immediately after an extraction, eliminating the need for another procedure in the future. Once this socket is healed, then you have the option to consider the placement of a dental implant if desired for restoration.