Use of Orbital Conformer to Improve Speech in Patients with Confluent Maxillectomy and Orbital Defects

Academic Article

Abstract

  • The basic objective in prosthetic restoration of confluent maxillary and orbital defects is to achieve a comfortable, cosmetically acceptable prosthesis that restores speech, deglutition, and mastication. It is a challenging task complicated by the size and shape of the defects. The maxillary obturator prosthesis often satisfies the objective of adequate deglutition; however, orbital defects that are not obturated in the medial, septal, or posterior walls allow air to escape, negatively impacting phonation. This article describes a technique to achieve favorable prosthetic rehabilitation in a patient with a maxillectomy and ipsilateral orbital exenteration. The prosthetic components include maxillary obturator, orbital conformer, and orbital prosthesis connected using rigid magnetic attachments.
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    Author List

  • Colebeck AC; Kase MT; Nichols CB; Golden M; Huryn JM
  • Start Page

  • 241
  • End Page

  • 246
  • Volume

  • 25
  • Issue

  • 3