When you lose teeth, and do not replace them, the jawbone deteriorates where the tooth socket once was. This makes it difficult, and in some instances impossible to get dental implants or dentures later on. The good news is that we can perform a procedure called ridge augmentation to restore the bone structure that is needed for restorative procedures. The process involves lifting the gum tissue from the ridge to expose the defected area of the bone, then place bone grafting material in the area to build the site to a desired height and width. Ridge augmentation greatly improves the appearance of the mouth and increases the chances for success with the implants. With ridge augmentation, your implants will last for years.