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Upper Lip Prosthesis Retained to a Palatal Obturator

Goiato, Marcelo Coelho MD, PhD, DDS, MSc; dos Santos, Daniela Micheline PhD, DDS, MSc; Moreno, Amália DDS, MSc; Massunari, Loiane DDS; Andreotti, Agda Marobo DDS; Nobrega, Adhara Smith DDS

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: November 2011 - Volume 22 - Issue 6 - p e59–e62
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e318231e397
Brief Clinical Studies

In cases of total or partial maxillectomies, the prosthetic rehabilitation is an effective alternative to minimize the sequelae left by surgical resection. The present study reports a clinical case of a 52-year-old patient who underwent partial maxillectomy, with upper lip involvement. The oronasal communication, resultant from surgical resection, did not allow the patient to return to her normal social life. Besides, the upper lip partial resection damaged her face’s aesthetics. The proposed treatment was the confection of an upper lip prosthesis retained by a palatal obturator. The prosthesis insertion restored the patient’s facial aesthetics, contributing not only to function, but also to psychosocial adaptation.

From the Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, UNESP–Univ Estadual Paulista, Faculty of Dentistry of Araçatuba, Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil.

Received June 1, 2011.

Accepted for publication July 12, 2011.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Marcelo Coelho Goiato, MD, PhD, DDS, MSc, Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry of Araçatuba, UNESP–Univ Estadual Paulista, José Bonifácio, 1193, Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil 16015-050; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Mutaz B. Habal, MD