Facial Reconstructive Surgery: What You Need to Know

Facial reconstructive surgery plays a critical role in restoring your appearance after you’ve experienced trauma. Maybe you were in a car accident or the victim of an assault. Maybe you had a tumor removed in your head or neck.


Whatever the reason, you can depend on Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to plan and execute facial reconstructive surgery that heals and restores, helping you to recognize the reflection in the mirror once again.

Restoring Bone to Facilitate Healing

The first step in every case of facial reconstructive surgery is to assess the extent of the bone injuries and stabilize them as needed.

You may need bone grafts that are made either of synthetic material or taken from another area of your body, then implanted in your jaw or any of the bones in the mid-face. You may also need plates or screws to anchor fractured bones in place and facilitate healing.

Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth

In many cases of facial trauma, teeth are knocked out or loosened and require removal. In this case, the next step is to take out teeth that are damaged beyond repair and replace them with dental implants. This portion of the facial reconstruction may take place immediately after the initial injury, or it may be necessary to wait until the jaw heals, if there was jaw damage.

Facial Implants Reestablish Shape

Another way facial reconstructive surgery helps is through the placement of facial implants in your chin or cheeks. Once the initial fracture is repaired, you may notice your face appears flatter than before. This is normal, and occurs due to the loss of bone structure and overall facial volume.

Using hard silicone facial implants, your oral surgeon can augment the shape of your cheeks and chin by making small incisions inside the mouth and placing them appropriately.

Similar to dental implants, you will have to wait until your bones heal from the initial surgery before facial implants are an option. It’s the best way to determine if you’ll need facial implants at all, and if you do, what the best location, size and shape is for each. Since the initial swelling will have receded, you will be able to assess the progress and see how implants can help complete your facial reconstruction.

Trust an Expert in Your Time of Need

Whether due to a sports injury, work-related accident or any other cause, needing facial reconstructive surgery can cause significant emotional stress. It’s important to have a team on your side that appreciates the magnitude of the procedure’s importance and its impact on your life. That team is Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We can help restore your appearance after a traumatic event.