The Importance of the Condition of the Donor Teeth and Jaws During Allogeneic Face Transplantation

J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jun;26(4):1338-41. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000001718.


The authors aimed to present dental treatment of the cadaveric tooth in a transplanted maxilla in a patient with facial transplantation with bony framework and soft tissue envelope. The treatment procedure was scheduled after physical examination, and the final plan was designed according to the patient's special medical condition. The authors reported the first successful endodontic treatment of an allogeneic cadaveric donor tooth in a patient with facial transplantation. Dental disease represents a potential risk for infection in patients with allogeneic transplantation, which could affect the success of tissue transplantation and might lead to life-threatening conditions. The (re)treatment of the diseased teeth is possible even after the transplantation. The health of the teeth and jaws of the donor should be evaluated before transplantation, especially when maxilla or mandible transplantation is planned.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Facial Transplantation / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maxilla / surgery*
  • Tissue Donors
  • Tooth / transplantation*
  • Tooth Extraction / methods
  • Transplantation, Homologous
  • Young Adult