Some people with oral cancer may need to have plastic or reconstructive surgery to rebuild the bones or tissues of the mouth. Research has led to many advances in the way bones and tissues can be rebuilt.
Some people may need dental implants. Or they may need to have grafts (tissue moved from another part of the body). Skin, muscle, and bone can be moved to the mouth from the chest, arm, or leg. The plastic surgeon uses this tissue for repair.
If you're thinking about reconstruction, you may wish to consult with a plastic or reconstructive surgeon before your treatment for oral cancer begins. You can have reconstructive surgery at the same time as you have the cancer removed, or you can have it later on. Talk with your doctor about which approach is right for you.