Today’s dentistry is highly driven by aesthetics and the search for better health and well-being. The literature is rich with studies that address the subject of bone loss following tooth removal (Figures 1 to 4). Ridge defect can result from extraction of teeth, developmental anomalies, accidental trauma, or periodontal disease that leads to both horizontal and vertical bone loss. Ridge defects are noticeable, and prosthetic results are subpar unless the underlying deficiency is properly addressed (Figures 5 to 18).
This article will highlight 2 patient cases in which one case (case 1) will address a ridge deficiency resulting from an agenesis of two lateral incisors, and the other case (case 2) will show how to prevent a ridge deficiency immediately after extraction in a highly aesthetic zone using a rotated pediculated palatal connective tissue graft.