European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

Rehabilitation of an Extraoral and Intraoral Defect Complicated with Microstomia. A Study Case


Abstract - A 72-year-old man was referred from the surgery department for rehabilitation following surgical resection of Basaloid carcinoma. The first surgical intervention involved the anterior palatal region and was restored with a simple obturator. Two years later further surgery was undertaken to excise a recurrent tumor in the nose and part of the cheek. This resulted in an exposed nasal cavity and maxillary sinus. In addition, there was a small oral aperture composed of thin tissue that stretched to its maximum due to scar formation. The defect was restored with a full thickness skin flap but it subsequently broke down leaving the midface exposed with limited mouth opening due to tissue contraction and scar formation after the flap operation. The defect was rehabilitated with Co-Cr obturator intraorally and a silicone nose retained to the naso-palatal extension of the obturator by a magnet extraorally. This resulted in practically good retention, placement, and adaptation of the two parts of the prosthesis

KEY WORDS: Epithesis, Anaplastology, Nose Replacement, Intra-Extra Oral Replacement, Microstomia, Magnetic Connection


L.M. Abdulhadi

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