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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 267143, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/267143
Case Report

Oral Rehabilitation in a Patient with Major Maxillofacial Trauma: A Case Management

1Department of Pedodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul University, Capa, 34093 Istanbul, Turkey
2Denta-Kid Dental Center, Bagdat Caddesi, Buyukhanli Konutlari, Suadiye, 34740 Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul University, Capa, 34093 Istanbul, Turkey
4Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Emsey Hospital, Pendik, 34912 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 23 April 2012; Accepted 11 June 2012

Academic Editors: I. El-Hakim, M. D. Martins, and E. F. Wright

Copyright © 2012 Elif Bahar Tuna et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Traumatic injuries may cause anatomic deficiencies in soft and hard tissues. These defects often result in the loss of attached mucosa and alveolar processes, which might reduce potential prosthesis support and require bone and skin grafting. As a result of major maxillofacial trauma, complete or partial avulsion of the palate may require extensive surgical and prosthodontic rehabilitation. The appropriate treatment for the maxillary defect demands a multidisciplinary approach by a team which consists of various fields of dentistry and medicine. The planning prostheses should replace not only missing teeth but also lost soft tissues and bone, and they should include the hard palate, residual alveolar ridges, and, in some instances, the soft palate. This paper describes the treatment procedures including plastic surgery operation procedures and prosthetic rehabilitation in a 19-year-old woman after her severe bicycle accident.