Sometimes when you lose one or more teeth, you can get an indention in your gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone recedes when it no longer is holding a tooth in place.
Not only is this indentation unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth.
A periodontist can fill in this “defect” with a procedure called ridge augmentation, recapturing the natural contour of your gums and jaw. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy-to-clean and beautiful.
When teeth have been missing for a long time, the bone can become thinner. This narrowing of the bone can make it difficult to place implants to replace your teeth. Ridge augmentation can rebuild and widen the jawbone to allow implants to be placed and to have permanent teeth again.