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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 155-157

Rehabilitation of an acquired maxillary defect

1 Department Of Dentistry & Implantology Atlas Star Medical Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 Department Of Prosthodontics, Dental College & Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra Dental College & Research Institute, Chennai, India

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M Srinivasan
P.O. Box 49207, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.18004

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Prosthetic rehabilitation of acquired maxillary defects can be achieved satisfactorily if all facets of treatment planning and design considerations are taken well into account prior to the rehabilitation process. In many cases effective obturation is achieved but in the relative majority the prosthesis is usually rejected by the patient and the out come is a failure. Complications associated with maxillary defects limit the treatment protocols to a great extent. The prosthodontist has to identify these problem areas and suitably device feasible optons and incorporate them in the design. A case of acquired maxillary defect with limited mouth opening and unfavourable undercuts in the defect was successfully treated by making a two piece hollow bulb obturator. The two pieces were connected by the use of magnets. Additionally a transitional implant was placed so as to aid as an auxiliary retentive aid to enhace the overall treatment outcome. The methodology greatly reduced the chairside time and number of vists in the patient prospective and effective obturation was satisfactorily achieved.

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