A bone graft is an oral surgery procedure that may be required to restore bone if your bone density is insuffucient to support a dental implant, or when bone has been lost due to gum disease. After a tooth is lost or removed, the jawbone begins to resorb, or deteriorate, at the site of the missing tooth. To place a bone graft, an incision in your gum to gain access to the bone beneath it, and then grafting material is added. Most often, the grafting material is processed bone minerals around which your body will deposit new bone cells. Specialized bone grafting materials, such as infuse, may also contain a bone morphogenetic protein to help promote bone regeneration.

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