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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 25-26

Maxillofacial Prosthesis: A Mirage

Rural Dental College, Loni, India

Date of Web Publication8-Jan-2021

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.306381

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Hajira N. Maxillofacial Prosthesis: A Mirage. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2020;20, Suppl S1:25-6

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Hajira N. Maxillofacial Prosthesis: A Mirage. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 19];20, Suppl S1:25-6. Available from: https://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2020/20/5/25/306381

Introduction: Maxillofacial region suffers from defects due to oncosurgery, trauma, birth defects or iatrogenic causes. The disfigurement associated with the loss of facial structures causes significant emotional stress and physical burden on patients. Rehabilitation of these maxillofacial defects is a highly sensitive, skilful and challenging task that requires customized design and technique for each patient.

Methodology: This paper presents prosthodontic rehabilitation of maxillofacial defects. Ocular, finger and obturator prostheses were fabricated and successfully delivered for replacement of ocular defect, amputated finger and hemimaxillectomy, respectively, in different patients. Casts were obtained from impressions of surgically operated sites. Sculpted wax pattern were fabricated and tried onto the defect region for fit, stability & colour matching. The patterns were processed using two-pour technique and packed with respective maxillofacial prosthetic materials. After finishing and polishing, the maxillofacial prostheses were delivered. Maxillofacial prosthesis plays an integral part in restoring patients' psychological needs along with functional and aesthetic requirements.

Conclusion: For social well-being and psychological support, patients with maxillofacial defects need to be addressed and treated in a different manner. Maxillofacial prostheses provide lot of support and care for patients. They complement the lost and defective tissues of face and regain internal smile and confidence among patients. Prosthodontists, as health professionals, can help restore patients' functioning and provide them with acceptable aesthetics thereby motivating them for a better overall healthcare and social acceptability.


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