Brian C. Low, D.M.D., F.A.C.O.M.S

Oral & Facial Reconstruction

Oral and Facial Reconstruction

Reconstruction involves surgical procedures to restore form, function and aesthetics. These procedures are often needed following facial trauma or previous surgical procedures. From their experience gained working at major hospital centers, our doctors are skilled in reconstruction using the most advanced surgical techniques.

In Depth

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons routinely evaluate and treat patients with different levels of maxillofacial defects resulting from trauma, tumor resection and/or teeth extractions.

In acute trauma cases, the goal of reconstruction is a one-stage repair, made possible by the application of well-known oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques. Delayed treatment has been replaced by early or immediate surgical treatment and stabilization of small bone fragments augmented by bone grafts and miniplate rigid fixation. These advances have allowed surgeons to approach and often reach the goal of restoring pre-injury facial appearance and function while at the same time minimizing revision surgery.

Without treatment in a timely manner, many individuals will develop future problems, often more severe than if the injury had been immediately repaired. However, modern oral and maxillofacial surgery surgical techniques can now offer hope for patients with pre-existing post-traumatic facial deformities despite considerable delays between injury, diagnosis, and treatment. These innovative techniques establish a higher standard of care for the management of facial injuries.

Tumor resection can result in either a complete defect or significant discontinuity defect that not only creates considerable facial defects but also causes the patient significant functional insufficiencies, including masticatory and speech related deficiencies. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can provide the patient with a variety of dental, bony, and soft tissue reconstructions techniques that will address the most complicated facial tumor related injuries. From bone grafting, with or without platelet rich plasma enhancement, to distraction osteogenesis and to orthognathic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most prepared surgeons to treat these defects.

When teeth are removed from the mouth in a traumatic way, as in an accident, the extraction itself will likely leave a significant dental alveolar defect. These defects can result in significant oral cosmetic abnormalities and/or functional bony defects that could prevent the patient from properly smiling and chewing. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can offer a vast variety of treatments that almost always resolve these defects including bone grafting,distraction osteogenesis, soft tissue and skin grafting.

The information provided here is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is provided to help you communicate effectively with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Always seek the advice of your oral and maxillofacial surgeon regarding an oral health concern.

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