When a tooth is lost and not immediately replaced, the jaw bone surrounding the area of that tooth will begin to shrink. This can make your jaw bone less durable and make a dental implant harder to perform. If your bone is not dense enough for a dental implant, Dr. Feriel El Ghaoui may recommend a ridge regeneration, or ridge augmentation. This treatment helps fill in areas of your jaw bone that have lost density; it also helps rebuild your alveolar ridge to give your implant greater support. Please feel free to contact Tara Hills Dental at 510-724-7474 with any questions, and to schedule your appointment with our dentist.