A hard tissue graft is used to restore bone height and stimulate the growth of new bone in patients who have lost teeth. A bone graft should be done following tooth loss or extraction to prevent atrophy in the remaining bone and in the gum tissue surrounding it. Following a hard tissue graft, the patient may also require a gum graft. This process removes tissue from another part of the mouth then grafts it onto the existing tissue in the area requiring attention. There are several different options for this procedure and the one selected will depend on the tissue available within the patient’s mouth. The amount of gum pain that a patient may feel, as well as the nature of their gum tissue graft recovery, will vary from one individual to another. While there are not separate gum insurance options, many dental insurance plans will cover gum graft costs.