Bone Grafting - Ridge Augmentation

In cases where the jaw bone needs to be heightened or made wider due to either a loss of dimension after extractions, periodontal disease, trauma or fracture, a bone grafting procedure may be undertaken to build-up the ridge.  This will help recreate the original contour of the gum line or jaw, in turn acting as better support for a denture, for cosmetic reasons, or for the placement of dental implants.
 
In the case of dental implants, ridge augmentation with bone grafting is the technique used to restore the lost bone dimension when the jaw ridge gets too thin to place conventional implants, or immediately after a tooth or teeth are extracted.  Bone graft material can be placed and matured for a few months, becoming integrated and part of the existing jaw bone, before placing the implant.