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Can teeth or a jaw be reconstructed after head or neck surgery?

After head or neck surgery, your surgeon can perform reconstructive surgery to restore your jaw and teeth so you can eat, talk, and function more normally. Using bone, skin and muscle grafts from various parts of the body, the surgeon can reconstruct your jaw. Your natural teeth will be replaced with dental implants. After recovery, you should be able to speak and eat real food. Occupational therapists and speech therapists can help you adjust to the jaw and teeth reconstruction.
Randall D. Stastny, DMD
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
As a rule, yes they can. Depending on the surgery there may be multiple steps in recontructing the jaws and teeth, but it can be done. Sometimes the reconstruction can be started at the same time the original head and neck surgery is done.

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