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Volume 21 , Issue 5
September/October 2006

Pages 805807


Magnet-Retained Facial Prosthesis Combined with an Implant-Supported Edentulous Maxillary Obturator: A Case Report

Tetsu Takahashi, DDS, PhD / Masayuki Fukuda, DDS, PhD / Katsuyuki Funaki, DDS / Kiyoshi Tanaka, RDT


PMID: 17066645

The prosthetic rehabilitation of maxillofacial defects is especially challenging when the patient is edentulous. Although dental implants are used to enhance the retention and stability of both facial and maxillary prostheses, combining facial and maxillary prostheses is extremely difficult. This article describes the prosthetic treatment of an edentulous patient with a large maxillary and facial defect. After placing dental implants in the remaining maxilla, a maxillary obturator prosthesis supported by a milled bar attachment was fabricated. The facial prosthesis was retained by a magnetic attachment to the maxillary obturator prosthesis. As the obturator prosthesis was supported securely by this sturdy attachment, the facial prosthesis was stable during mastication and facial movement. The patient reported improvement in prosthesis retention and stability. Both the masticatory and the speech functions of the patient improved. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2006;21:805807

Key words: dental implants, facial prostheses, magnets, maxillary obturators, milled bar attachments


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