A bone graft can be done to repair an area of the jaw where a tooth used to be, or any area in which there is bone loss. This is often the first step in replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. With a bone graft, bone can be taken from one area of the mouth and transferred to another. Synthetic bone or a sterile bone, harvested from another source, can also be used. Once placed, the area is given time to heal. During this time, the graft solidifies and permanently blends into your natural bone tissue. Your doctor will let you know when your graft is fully healed. Once completed, the damaged bone will have regained its original strength and stability, and further procedures, such as a dental implant, can be initiated.