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MENDOZA UGALDE, María de Lourdes; TORRES TERAN, José Federico  and  JIMENEZ CASTILLO, René. Comprehensive prosthetic rehabilitation in absence of the maxilla. Clinical case report. Rev. Odont. Mex [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.3, pp.192-200. ISSN 1870-199X.

Maxillofacial prosthesis studies comprehend two main branches: oral and facial. In the mouth, some defects caused by unilateral or bilateral maxillectomies performed as part of head and neck cancer treatment, leave structural, functional and psychological sequels. This gives rise to the need of a comprehensive prosthetic rehabilitation. To this end, palate prostheses are used, which offer patients' reinsertion into society as well as better quality of life. In the present clinical case, the shutter was placed in a situation of complete absence of the maxilla, achieving thus function reestablishment and acceptable aesthetics.

Keywords : Maxillofacial prosthesis; maxillectomy; squamous cell carcinoma; palatal shutter; mini-implants; distraction osteogenesis; zygomatic implants.

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