What are Maxillofacial prosthodontics?
Maxillofacial prosthodontics is the treatment of patients who have acquired or congenital defects of the head and neck region due to cancer, surgery, trauma, and/or birth defects.
Obturators, speech-aid prosthesis and mandibular-resection prostheses are the most common prostheses planned and fabricated in maxillofacial prosthodontics. Other types of prostheses include artificial eyes, ears, nose and other facial prostheses.
Treatment is multidisciplinary, involving oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons, oncologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals.
Congenital and Developmental Mouth Defects
Many patients are missing certain teeth because the teeth never developed or may be misshapen.
We can determine the best way to replace and/or restore these teeth. Other patients exhibit teeth with poorly developed tooth structure throughout the mouth and require a prosthodontist’s expertise in restoring these teeth to proper form and function.
Many cleft lip and -palate patients exhibit missing teeth in the area of the cleft and would benefit from Dr Doman’s care in the management of these areas. Although most cleft palates are now successfully closed surgically, there are patients who require an obturator to close the palatal defect.
Defects due to cancer treatment
For patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, repairing damaged facial tissues can aid in greater comfort, health and well-being.
Many patients require rehabilitation of defects that are created in the face due to cancer and traumatic injuries. Dr Doman possesses the skills necessary to fabricate facial prostheses and obturators that will improve the patient’s speech and swallowing, and reconstruct jawbones to restore a functional dentition.
Prosthetic Facial Structures
Prosthetic eyes, ears and noses can be fabricated to replace facial defects.
What are prostheses?
Prostheses are made of artificial materials. Along with correcting aesthetic and cosmetic concerns, special devices can help patients who are having trouble swallowing or speaking.
Maxillofacial prosthetic treatment may, in certain circumstances, offer an alternative to reconstructive surgery or plastic surgery. For patients who are in poor health or who have a very large defect or trauma, or in cases where patients are of advanced age, maxillofacial prosthetic treatment may be, in fact, the better option, especially when radiation therapy is being undergone, bones have been damaged or living tissue is not viable to be replaced.