This procedure can be indicated for many different reasons. Sometimes, a patient has to have an extraction but cannot afford to preserve the socket. This leaves a divot in the surrounding tissue and bone within the jaw. Over time, the bone diminishes from the lack of support and creates an uneven gum. When looking into prosthetic options, it is more comfortable for a patient to have a smooth and horizontally even ridge. Depending on the amount of gum, bone and the planned prosthetic, it may be necessary for Dr. Rowe to complete a ridge augmentation. This procedure can be done under IV sedation for your comfort. Typical healing is completed within six weeks, making it possible to go directly into your planned prosthetic.