Tooth loss can cause an indentation in the gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone shrinks when it no longer is holding a tooth in place. Not only is this indention unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth. Ridge augmentation can fill in this defect recapturing the natural contour of the gums and jaw. This is done either with the use of a bone graft or gum graft to fill in the defect. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy to clean and beautiful.