The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that encircles the roots of your teeth. When a tooth is removed, your alveolar ridge bone experiences an empty socket. While this socket will usually heal on its own and fill up with bone and tissue, sometimes this isn’t possible.
In this case, ridge augmentation may be a good decision. It can reconstruct the original height and width of your alveolar ridge so a dental implant can be effectively placed.