The Maxillofacial Prosthodontist is the primary person involved in many facets of patient care and is, therefore, the individual who is in the best position to coordinate the efforts required in this complex rehabilitative process. Members of the team include oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists, oncologists, head and neck surgeons, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, periodontists, orthodontists, social workers, speech therapists, and occupational therapists, among others.
As Maxillofacial Prosthodontists, Drs. Singer, Driscoll and Bolding partner with other specialists to restore their patients’ quality of life by using prosthetics when unforeseen circumstances occur such as cancer, trauma and birth defects. Areas of expertise include are facial prosthetics, obturators, speech prostheses, implant prostheses, tongue prostheses, and ear and nose prostheses.
Palatal Obturator Prostheses
A palatal obturator is a prosthesis that completely seals an opening such as an oronasal fistula or hole in the roof of the mouth that leads to the nasal cavity. It is a plastic and acrylic removable ‘roof of the mouth,’ which aids the patient with their speech, eating or swallowing and provides proper air flow.