chapter  23
Reconstruction of the mouth, jaws and face
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One of the most common reasons for reconstruction of the mouth, jaws and face is repair of deformity

following resection of tumours. This resection often involves destruction of complex normal anatomy with significant functional sequelae. Historically, these patients were left disease-free but mutilated and severely impaired functionally. Such deformity can have a major impact on the patient’s quality of life. The disfigurement is often easily seen and associated with psychological sequelae. Other needs for reconstruction include traumatic and congenital defects.