A bone graft is a surgical procedure that replaces missing jawbone with bone from the patient’s body or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. Eventually, the bone that is nearest to absent teeth atrophies, meaning you have less healthy bone in the area. When this happens, most patients cannot receive dental implants.
A bone graft will not only replace your missing bone, but it will also help your body regenerate its own bone again. The new bone that you body grows will strengthen the grafted area by welding together your existing bone and the graft material. Over time, your own new bone will replace most of the grafted material.