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J Prosthet Dent. 1997 Sep;78(3):241-4.

Sectional prosthesis for total maxillectomy patients: a clinical report.

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Case Western Reserve University, School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.


Total maxillectomy is a relatively uncommon surgical procedure and usually results in a surgical and prosthetic reconstructive challenge. The goals of prosthetic treatment include separation of oral and nasal cavities, which allows for adequate speech and deglutition, along with restoration of esthetics. Treatment of a patient with total maxillectomy due to verrucous carcinoma was presented in this clinical report. Clinical and laboratory procedures of the prosthetic treatment were described. The sectional prosthesis retained by magnets eliminated long-term use of a nasogastric tube, rehabilitated the patient's speech, and restored proper midfacial esthetic contour.

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