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Role of Maxillofacial Prosthodontist as a Member of Interdisciplinary Oncology Team in Oral and Maxillofacial Rehabilitation: A Brief Review

Manu Rathee, Maqbul Alam, Sanju Malik

Keywords : Head and neck cancer, Maxillofacial prosthetics, Surgical oncology

Citation Information : Rathee M, Alam M, Malik S. Role of Maxillofacial Prosthodontist as a Member of Interdisciplinary Oncology Team in Oral and Maxillofacial Rehabilitation: A Brief Review. Int J Head Neck Surg 2022; 13 (2):63-66.

DOI: 10.5005/JP-JOURNALS-10001-1530

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 17-09-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


With advancements in the treatment protocol of oral cancer, the survival rate of these patients has dramatically increased. Rehabilitation for people with oral cancer extends beyond orofacial prosthesis reconstruction to include offering comprehensive care by combining specialties. In the diagnosis and treatment of patients, maxillofacial prosthodontists (MFPs) should be a part of the team of consultants. The MFP is an important member of the multidisciplinary team that coordinates the treatment. The prosthodontist must monitor the patient closely. Be conversant with the various hospital protocols and the patient's medical health. He is best qualified to assist the surgeon with prosthetics by making facial moulages and surgical stents to aid recuperation. To improve the prosthesis’ retention, stability, and support, recommendations might be made to preserve tissues or reinforce existing anatomical features. Collaboration with a speech pathologist to learn about the mechanics and physiology of speech can help in the construction of a prosthesis that meets resonance, phonation, and articulation needs.

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