Maxillofacial prosthodontists treat patients who have acquired and congenital defects of the head and neck (maxillofacial) region due to cancer, surgery, trauma, and/or birth defects. Maxillary obturators, speech-aid prosthesis and mandibular-resection prostheses are the most common prostheses planned and fabricated by Maxillofacial prosthodontists.
Wearing a prosthesis may help close the “holes” in a person’s grip, so that objects don’t fall out of the hand. Custom prostheses are colour matched and made to look as life-like as possible. These prostheses can usually be fit with suction and custom acrylic fingernails can be added.