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Regeneration of bone whether with simultaneous placement of dental implants or not, has been used for augmentation of resorbed alveolar crests, and to treat localized ridge deformities.
Augmentation of thin ridge is to place the right bone graft material in defective sites, covering it with a biologic barrier to act as a shelter, and create an environment into which bone producing cell will migrate to build new bone, hence “regeneration”. In older people or in larger defects it may be necessary to use a biologic agent to boost bone formation.