Bone grafting is where the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative device. Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. The most common bone grafting process is when a tooth is extracted and bone is placed to fill the hole. Filling the hole preserves the bone of the existing socket so the implant can have the best chance for success and the restoration can look the most natural. The bone used to graft is taken from treated and processed human cadaver bone. They are harvested by bone banks and are a very safe source for bone donation. This bone is used as a scaffold that will eventually be replaced by your own bone during a process called osteogenisis. We are aware and often asked about other bone options. We recommend human bone over synthetic bone because synthetic bone is not replaced by your bone. We also recommend human bone over your own bone to avoid creating another surgical site which can be uncomfortable, get infected or produce an irreversible scar. A third bone alternative is animal bone but we prefer to use the most similar graft material to your own bone which is human cadaver bone.