Cosmetic dentistry can fix many tooth problems caused by an accident, injury, decay or other damage.
But a Melbourne, Australia woman who suffered from jaw cancer needed even more help to restore her face to normal.
The 31-year-old woman had a life-threatening cancer that doctors had to remove. Although the surgery was able to remove the cancerous growth, it also mean it was necessary to remove more than 80 percent of her upper jaw.
Doctors had told her that there was nothing they could do for her to reconstruct her face and make it look more normal.
But after doing her own research, the woman met Melbourne based maxillofacial surgeon who proposed a solution. He would create a customized 3D-printed jaw for her with fa titanium frame that could carry bone grafts.
This meant that in addition to having a reconstructed jaw, she could also get teeth implants to replace the teeth that had to be removed to complete the surgery.
The reconstruction surgery also taking skin from her arm to re-form her her upper lip.
The surgery cost $30,000 in Australian dollars — or more than $21,000 in United States dollars — in medical bills and took five hours.
The woman said she was looking forward to being able to eat a hamburger again.
Dr. Lingo’s office offers restorative and tooth replacement cosmetic dentistry treatments that are designed to function exceptionally well as well as to restore your smile to its original state. The crown and bridge treatments offered by Dr. Lingo use porcelain materials that are both durable and color-matched to closely resemble the appearance of your other teeth.
For more information about cosmetic dentistry treatments, make an appointment with Dr. Lingo today!