Patients with congenital or acquired facial defects are candidates for what is known as “Maxillofacial Prosthodontics”. Patients that may be seen for maxillofacial prosthetics include those with birth anomalies such as hemifacial microsomia, ectodermal dysplasia, or cleft lip and palate. Patients who have been treated for oral cancer, or who have experienced trauma to the face or mouth may also require maxillofacial prosthodontics. In other words, Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a subspecialty of Prosthodontics that involves rehabilitation of patients with significant oral or facial defects, regardless of the cause.
Put another way, many bone and soft tissue defects of the head and jaws can be repaired by a maxillofacial surgeon or ENT; however, those that can’t, are often treated by a prosthodontist with a maxillofacial prosthesis. Artificial noses, ears, and teeth are just some of the options available and frequently can be secured to the existing anatomy through the use of dental and craniofacial implants.
These therapies are used to restore more than mere appearance, allowing patients to speak more clearly and eat more comfortably.
Detailed information concerning intraoral defects which may require the use of maxillofacial prosthetics to correct may be found here.
A prosthodontist works closely with ENTs, oral surgeons, oncologists, and family doctors when caring for these patients. In an atmosphere of teamwork designed to provide the utmost care.
More detailed information concerning facial prostheses may be found here.
Many patients who require maxillofacial prosthodontics to restore the oral abnormalities have a difficult time finding a prosthodontist, who is able fabricate complex maxillofacial prostheses. Dr. James Maroney , your Littleton area prosthodontist, is one of only a few providers in the Denver metro that offer these services.
For patients with any facial abnormality or oral birth defect, the doctors at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.