J Korean Acad Prosthodont.  2016 Apr;54(2):167-171. 10.4047/jkap.2016.54.2.167.

Prosthetic rehabilitation of partially edentulous patient after maxillectomy: A case report

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  • 1Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. proskwon@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

Patients undergone partial maxillectomy experience post-operative masticatory, phonetic, and swallowing difficulties. They also encounter social and psychological challenges due to changes in their facial appearances. Thus, functional and esthetic recovery through maxillofacial prosthesis becomes significant for these patients. The objective of an appropriate obturator is to restore palate and improve phonetic and swallowing ability by separating the oral cavity, nasal cavity, maxillary sinus, and nasopharynx. In this case report, an obturator was fabricated for a patient who had partial resection from the maxillary posterior region to the pharynx due to squamous cell carcinoma. The purpose of this case study is to describe the results because the patient was successfully improved both functionally and esthetically.

Keyword

Maxillary defect; Obturator; Partial maxillectomy; Squamous cell carcinoma; Open type hollow obturator

MeSH Terms

Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Deglutition
Humans
Maxillary Sinus
Maxillofacial Prosthesis
Mouth
Nasal Cavity
Nasopharynx
Palate
Pharynx
Rehabilitation*
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