Oral reconstructive surgery – When would it be recommended?

Oral reconstructive surgery – When would it be recommended?

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Oral reconstructive surgery can be required for a very large range of reasons; from something very simple to an infection from a tooth which causes the bone of the jaw to be lost and would need to be rebuilt, for example so that an implant can be placed, to more extensive problems such as a jaw cancer or lip cancer, or tongue cancer, which can require the resection of quite an extensive part of the mouth and jaw which would require reconstruction, often requiring free flap surgery where tissue is transplanted from one part of the body to another and relies on microsurgical techniques to rebuild the tissues. If the jaw joint is damaged, either through an accident or tumour or arthritis, then we employ very detailed CT scans to recreate an artificial joint using 3D printing and computer design of an artificial joint which can be implanted and used to restore excellent function to the jaw – and that’s one of the latest technologies in oral reconstructive surgery.

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