When you have a gum disease or lose teeth, the bone that used to surround them begins to melt away or “resorb.” After loosing an abundant amount of teeth and bone, your appearance will look more aged, replacing missing teeth can become complicated, and various facial features will commence to distort. Fortunately, with modern bone grafting-techniques, during a minor surgical procedure, the bone that has been lost can be assembled again. This can benefit both your health and appearance by strengthening your jawbone, allowing more effective tooth replacement, and increasing support to your facial features. A laceration is made in your gum to gain access to the bone beneath it, followed by adding the bone grafting material. The majority of times, grafting material is processed bone minerals, either from your own body or an animal donor, around which your body will accumulate new bone cells. The grafting material can come in the form of powder, granules, putty or a gel that can be injected through a syringe.