What does the operation involve?

November 1, 2019

The operation is usually carried out inside the mouth so that there are no external scars.

The placement of the facial implants are generally placed under general anaesthetic, sometimes they can be performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation.

Lower Jaw Implants (mandibular patient specific implants)

During this surgery a small incision is made in the mouth adjacent to the lower back teeth and the implants are placed directly onto the jaw, and secured with two to three small titanium screws to prevent any movement of the implants following placement. The wounds are then closed with dissolving stitches.

Chin Implant

Chin implants are placed by an incision made from inside the mouth or from an incision made directly under the chin.

The chin implant is usually placed adjacent to the chin point before being fixed in position with very small titanium screws and then the wound is closed using sutures in the mouth and/or under the chin.

A 3D skull showing implants reconstructing the lower jaw.
A 3D skull showing implants reconstructing the lower jaw.

Cheek Bone Implants (zygoma patient specific implants)

A small incision is made in the mouth above the upper teeth and these implants are placed directly onto the cheek bone and screwed into the bone with small titanium screws to prevent any movement of the implants following placement. The wound in the mouth is closed with dissolving stitches.

A 3D skull showing implant reconstruction of the right cheek (zygoma).
A 3D skull showing implant reconstruction of the right cheek (zygoma).

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