Patients may develop jaw defects for a number of reasons. An injury due to facial trauma or infection can cause damage to the jaw bone. Defects may also be a result of flawed developmental processes. For some reasons, the jaw may not develop fully in certain regions, leading to jaw defects. Some pathologic processes involving the jaw bone such cysts, tumors, or head and neck cancers can lead to jaw deformities.
Regardless of the cause of a jaw defect, one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help to restore the patient to form and function. Reconstruction of maxillary (upper jaw) and mandibular (lower jaw) may range from minor to major grafting procedures. This involves bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, or combined grafting procedures.
Reconstructive jaw surgery may involve a multitude of procedures that will give one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons the ability to place dental implants to replace missing teeth and return the patient to form and function.
A jaw defect can affect your ability to chew, speak, or even breathe properly, and it can also have a negative impact on your appearance and your self-esteem. Surgical interventions can help correct jaw defects, restore the patient aesthetically, and give the patient the ability to chew and function properly.