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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

May/June 2012
Volume 25 , Issue 3

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Restoration of Facial Symmetry in a Patient with Bell Palsy Using a Modified Maxillary Complete Denture: A Case Report

Gautam Bagchi/Dilip Kumar Nath

Pages: 290-293
PMID: 22545260

Permanent facial paralysis can be devastating for a patient. Modern society’s emphasis on appearance and physical beauty contributes to this problem and often leads to isolation of patients embarrassed by their appearance. Lagophthalmos with ocular exposure, loss of oral competence with resultant drooling, alar collapse with nasal airway obstruction, and difficulties with mastication and speech production are all potential consequences of facial paralysis. Affected patients are confronted with both a cosmetic defect and the functional deficits associated with loss of facial nerve function. In this case history report, a modified maxillary complete denture permitted a patient with Bell palsy to carry on daily activities with minimal facial distortion, pain, speech difficulty, and associated emotional trauma. Int J Prosthodont 2012;25:290–293.

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