After a tooth extraction, common dental procedure is performed in order to ensure that the jaw’s natural contour remains unaltered.
The alveolar ridge surrounds the roots of the teeth and houses the empty socket in the jaw once a tooth is extracted. Often, the empty pocket in the ridge heals without any further treatment, filling the space with tissue and bone. However, if the bone that surrounds the empty pocket is broken, the alveolar ridge cannot heal on its own. In this case, facial contours will change as the height and width of the empty socket degenerates.
Although reestablishing the previous height and width of the ridge is not required, it is recommended before dental implant surgery or for aesthetic pleasure. Having a ridge augmentation increases the success rate of dental implants, as they need bone to accommodate their structure.