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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 326530, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/326530
Case Report

A Direct Investment Method of Closed Two-Piece Hollow Bulb Obturator

1Department of Prosthodontics, Hitkarini Dental College & Hospital, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 482001, India
2Department of Prosthodontics, Rungta College of Dental Sciences & Research, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh 490024, India
3Department of Oral Surgery, Hitkarini Dental College & Hospital, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 482001, India

Received 4 May 2013; Accepted 9 June 2013

Academic Editors: R. S. Brown, A. Kasaj, P. Lopez Jornet, and A. Markopoulos

Copyright © 2013 Suryakant C. Deogade 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

Maxillary defects occur due to surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors, congenital malformation, and trauma. Prosthetic rehabilitation in such patients is influenced by the size and location of the defect. The most common of all intraoral defects are seen in the maxilla, in the form of an opening into the maxillary sinus and nasopharynx. These defects create disabilities in speech, deglutition, and mastication. The prosthesis which closes such an opening and recreates the functional separation of the oral cavity and sinus and nasal cavities is referred to as an obturator. Numerous techniques of hollow bulb fabrication have been mentioned in the literature from time to time. But there are only a few methods for bulb fabrication in two-piece obturator. This technique describes a direct investment method of waxed-up closed hollow bulb two-piece obturator.