MAXILLO-FACIAL PROSTHESIS

Oral cancer is the second most common cancer in the world. Many patients, who have had cancer to the mouth and surrounding areas, may be rehabilitated with the use of artificial prosthesis. Some individuals are also rehabilitated due congenital or birth defects.

Treatment is a multidisciplinary approach with maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, ENT specialists, oncologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals. A prosthodontist is also one of the team members to help rehabilitate these individuals.

Some of the prosthesis that are made and planned by the prosthodontist are; Maxillary obturators, Speech-aid prosthesis and Mandibular-resection prostheses. Other types of prostheses include artificial Eyes, Nose and other Facial prostheses. With the aid of dental implants, it is now possible to use artificial prosthesis that would hold on more firmly onto the remaining oral structures.

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