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I treated the patient after partial maxillectomy (due to oral cancer), with an obturator. However due to metastasis after a several months, she went through another surgery for complete maxillectomy and a definitive obturator was fabricated to correct the facial compromise and enable patient to eat and drink. Definitive obturator is usally made after multiple relines and modifications of an interim obturator to make sure additional corrections wouldn’t be necessary.
In the first photo you can see facial asymetry (canting nose and lips on the left side) caused by inadequency in support of the lip.
This treatment requires knowledge and training in maxillofacial prosthodontics.
An OBTURATOR is a maxillofacial prosthesis that replaces part or all of the upper jaw and associated teeth lost due to surgery or trauma.
All the clinical and labarotary steps of this case were completed by Dr. Noohi, and the case was presented at the UMB alumni annual meeting in 2008.