Ridge augmentation is a common procedure performed to help recreate the natural contour of the gums. Often, after a tooth is removed, the bone in the jaw will begin to deteriorate and recede. The height and width of the socket, which was supported by the tooth, will begin to shrink after the tooth is removed. Many patients will eventually develop an indentation in the gums or jawbone where the tooth used to be. Restoring the original height and width of the socket is not usually medically necessary. However, it may be necessary in order to place a dental implant or for aesthetic purposes. If a person’s bone has deteriorated too much, placing a dental implant may not be possible.