Ridge Augmentation is a dental procedure that is done to help keep the natural shape and contour of the gums after a tooth has been extraction. Often, when a tooth gets extracted, the bone in the area of the missing tooth begins to resorb, causing the empty socket to be unable to heal by itself. If a patient eventually wants an implant placed in the future, a ridge augmentation may be done in order to retain bone structure. With ridge augmentation, a bone graft is often place in the tooth socket after a tooth is extracted to help retain the bone structure. The bone graft will help keep the space and height of the socket so that new bone can grow and a future implant can be place in the socket when healing is done.