Abstract

Head and neck cancer treatment can severely alter oral function and aesthetics, and reduce quality of life. The role of maxillofacial prosthodontists in multidisciplinary treatment of head and neck cancer patients is essential when it comes to oral rehabilitation and its planning. This role should preferably start on the day of first intake. Maxillofacial prosthodontists should be involved in the care pathway to shape and outline the prosthetic and dental rehabilitation in line with the reconstructive surgical options. With the progress of three-dimensional technology, the pretreatment insight in overall prognosis and possibilities of surgical and/or prosthetic rehabilitation has tremendously increased. This increased insight has helped to improve quality of cancer care. This expert review addresses the involvement of maxillofacial prosthodontists in treatment planning, highlighting prosthodontic rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients from start to finish.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-72
Number of pages9
JournalOral diseases
Issue number1
Early online date28-Apr-2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26-May-2020

Keywords

  • head and neck oncology
  • maxillofacial prosthodontics
  • multidisciplinary
  • oral rehabilitation
  • prosthetic pathway
  • FREE-FLAP RECONSTRUCTION
  • FREE VASCULARIZED FIBULA
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • IMPLANT PLACEMENT
  • MANDIBULAR RECONSTRUCTION
  • ORAL REHABILITATION
  • ABLATIVE SURGERY
  • SOFT PALATE
  • MAXILLARY
  • MAXILLECTOMY

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