When teeth are lost, the bone around that tooth begins to deteriorate immediately. A ridge augmentation can recreate the contours of the jaw-bone creating a more pleasing contour and allowing the placement of an implant. If we are extracting a tooth, we can often do a ridge augmentation immediately after the surgery. We place either biological or artificial material into the area or extraction and cover it with a collagen membrane. The material will integrate into the bone as you heal, providing a strong and healthy platform for dental implants or other replacement options.