Authors of section


Nicolas Homsi, Paulo Rodrigues, Gregorio Sánchez Aniceto, Beat Hammer, Scott Bartlett

Executive Editors

Edward Ellis III, Eduardo Rodriguez

General Editor

Daniel Buchbinder

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1. Introduction

These defects are typically small volume with an alveolar component including teeth involvement.

A maxillofacial prosthodontist will need to take dental impressions of the maxilla prior to fabrication of the obturator.

temporalis muscle flap

2. Reconstruction

If there is sufficient remaining dentition clasps will secure the obturator in place.

If the patient is edentulous there should be sufficient obturator retention by suction.

maxilla alveolar defects

3. Aftercare following obturation

  • Daily irrigation of the defect with saline solution to avoid malodorous sinonasal secretions.
  • Cleaning of the obturator using a toothbrush and soaking it in an effervescent denture cleaning solution.