When it comes to complex cases like this – thank goodness for dentists, oral surgeons and prosthodontists!
Sometimes cancer invades your mouth and portions of your mouth are removed. Than what?
Thank goodness there are options!
Oral cancer can be devastating and life changing. In previous blogs we have talked about how to correctly complete a self-exam for oral cancer. If it is caught later, the cancer could progress to a point that portions of the hard and soft tissues are removed and this may complicate a patient’s ability to eat, drink, and speak – all the things we take for granted when we have healthy mouthes – let alone that patient’s self esteem.Oral surgeons, dentists, periodontists and prosthodontists can work together to help get back most of the function that was lost due to oral cancer and the surgeries to correct this. We can help patients lead a normal life again!
Prosthodontists or general dentists can help alleviate these problems by creating a custom fitted, appliance known as an obturator to help seal off the nasal passages. The appliance or obturator takes the place of the missing portions of the palate and tissues that have been eliminated or surgically removed. Impressions are made of the oral cavity (a necessary but not particularly pleasant procedure) to create the custom appliance or obturator. Usually the obturator will be anchored to the remaining teeth to allow it to feel stable. Sometimes implants or even magnets are also used to help hold the obturator in place.
Yours for better health,
“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”