International Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

Register      Login

VOLUME 11 , ISSUE 4 ( October-December, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Rehabilitation of a Patient with Limited Opening with a Two-piece Magnetically Retained Obturator: A Case Report

Natalie Powell

Keywords : Case report, Limited interincisal opening, Magnet, Maxillofacial defects, Sectional obturator

Citation Information : Powell N. Rehabilitation of a Patient with Limited Opening with a Two-piece Magnetically Retained Obturator: A Case Report. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2021; 11 (4):206-208.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10019-1338

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 04-04-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Maxillofacial defects can occur secondarily due to trauma leaving an oro-antral communication with speech issues. Surgical reconstruction of the area is not always feasible and therefore a prosthesis may be required to restore speech and function. Surgical attempts at reconstruction may create a limited interincisal opening, which in turn makes the fabrication of a prosthesis a significant challenge. This case report is presented to describe the fabrication of a sectional obturator prosthesis to restore speech, function, and lip support in a patient with limited mouth opening. To provide a stable obturator prosthesis, the prosthesis had to be fabricated in two separate parts then attached intraorally with magnets (Steco Titanmagnets).

  1. Popli S, Parkash H, Bhargava A, et al. A two-piece sectional interim obturator. A clinical report. J Prosthodont 2012;21(6):487–490. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-849X.2012.00849.x
  2. Kapetanakos M, Golden M, Huryn MJ. Rehabilitation of a patient after a total maxillectomy with a 2 piece magnetically retained obturator: a clinical report. J Prosthet Dent 2020;123(1):184–187. DOI: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2019.05.005
  3. Buzayan M. Prosthetic management of mid–facial defect with magnet–retained silicone prosthesis. Prosthet Orthot Int 2014;38(1):62–67. DOI: 10.1177/0309364613484052
  4. Deogade S. A novel technique of impression procedure in a hemimaxillectomy patient with microstomia. Case Rep Dent 2012;2012:272161. DOI: 10.1155/2012/272161
  5. Goiato MC, Fernandes AU, dos Santos DM, et al. Positioning magnets on a multiple/sectional maxillofacial prosthesis. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007;8(7):101–107. DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-8-7-101
  6. Javid N. The use of magnets in a maxillofacial prosthesis. J Prosthet Dent 1971;25(3):334–341. DOI: 10.1016/0022-3913(71)90196-x
  7. Seignemartin CP, Miranda ME, Luz JG, et al. Understandability of speech predicts quality of life among maxillectomy patients restored with obturator prosthesis. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2015;73(10): 2040–2048. DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2015.04.031
PDF Share
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.