The mandible is a critical structure of the lower facial skeleton which plays an important role in several vital functions. Segmental resection of the mandible is at times required in patients with advanced oral cavity malignancies, primary mandibular tumors, and radiation or medication induced osteonecrosis. Mandibulectomy can significantly decrease quality of life, and thus mandibular reconstruction is an important aspect of the operative plan. Mandibular reconstruction is challenging due to the complex three-dimensional anatomy of the mandible, and the precision required to restore dental occlusion in dentate patients. Significant advances have been made over the past decade in the ability to reconstruct and rehabilitate patients after a segmental mandibulectomy. This review will highlight these advances and discuss the timing of dental implantation.
Keywords: 3D modeling; CAMR; fibular free flap; mandibulectomy.
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