Guide flange appliance for the management of mandibular deviation – A case report
Prosthetic Management of malignant tumors involving the tongue, mandible, and adjacent structures represents a difficult challenge for both the reconstructive surgeon and prosthodontist. Rehabilitation is an essential phase of cancer care and should be considered from the time of diagnosis. Surgical resection often creates large defects accompanied by dysfunction and disfigurement while radiation therapy produces significant morbidity and unique tissue management problems like speech, swallowing, control of saliva and mastication can be adversely affected. These cosmetic and functional impairments should be corrected or minimized, thereby allowing the patient to resume a normal working and social life. This case report describes the prosthetic management of a patient with severe mandibular deviation, who has undergone resection of the left submandibular region. This appliance helps patient in moving the mandible normally, without deviation during functions like speech and mastication and can restore the patients’ self-esteem and confidence
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