The purpose of reconstructive surgery is to rebuild areas of the jaw, mouth, or face following facial trauma from an accident, surgical removal of oral cancer, or a cleft lip or palate. At the Knoxville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we provide facial reconstruction surgery in Knoxville, TN for a number of injuries or conditions affecting the mouth. By reconstructing the bones, muscles, and tissues in these areas, Dr. Turner P. Emery, Dr. Michael D. Wooten, and Dr. Nicole C. Eisenburg can restore function to your jaw and mouth. Our team will also ensure your end result is a beautiful and natural-looking appearance.
When is Reconstructive Surgery Recommended?
If you have suffered damage to your jaw, mouth, or face as the result of a fall, car accident, or other traumatic experience, facial reconstruction surgery may be right for you. We also perform reconstructive surgery for patients who require removal of cancerous tumors or lesions. After removing any cancerous growths, we can repair the affected areas to ensure both function and appearance.
We can also perform reconstructive surgery for patients born with a cleft lip or palate. Drs. Emery and Wooten have extensive experience in reconstructive surgery on infants. We recommend surgically repairing a cleft lip when the child is between the ages of three and six months, and repairing a cleft palate when the child is between the ages of nine and 18 months.
What is the Procedure and Recovery Like?
It is important to understand that more complex procedures may require multiple surgeries, staged out to allow time for recovery. After conducting a thorough evaluation, our doctors can give you an estimated timeframe for your reconstructive surgery.
The extent and severity of your injuries will dictate the specifics of your procedure and recovery. Our surgeons also specialize in dental implant surgery and can replace any lost or broken teeth with implants. Broken facial bones or a broken jaw may require wires, metal plates, or screws to keep the bones in place to allow them to heal properly.
Our doctors use advanced skills to make your recovery as quick as possible by using materials that promote healing.
Reconstructive surgery for facial trauma will likely require multiple stages. Dental implant surgery alone usually requires two stages separated by several months of recovery. Our doctors use advanced skills to make your recovery as quick as possible by using materials that promote healing.
Removing cancer from the face or mouth is complex and may require removing both skin and bone. Patients must also undergo intensive radiation therapy following the removal of cancerous tumors and lesions, which can take several months. To support the facial tissue during this time, we will place reconstructive plates. Once the patient has completed radiation, we can carefully prepare any damaged tissues for potential bone and tissue grafts.
Cleft Lip or Palate
Cleft lip and palate repair is done for more than just cosmetic reasons. A cleft in the lip or the roof of the mouth can affect your child’s ability to eat and speak. To repair a cleft lip, our doctors will make incisions along both sides of the cleft, create tissue flaps, and draw them together to effectively close the cleft. A similar technique is used to close a cleft palate. Recovery from either surgery typically takes several weeks or more.
Facial reconstruction surgery can restore you or your child’s facial appearance, confidence, and health. If you are in need of reconstructive surgery, contact our office online or call us at (865) 584-6207 today to find out how the surgical team at Knoxville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can help.