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World J Stomatol. Nov 20, 2013; 2(4): 97-102
Published online Nov 20, 2013. doi: 10.5321/wjs.v2.i4.97
Surgical obturator duplicating original tissue-form restores esthetics and function in oral cancer
Pravinkumar G Patil
Pravinkumar G Patil, Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, MH 440003, India
Author contributions: Patil PG contributed to conception and design.
Correspondence to: Pravinkumar G Patil, Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, GMC Campus, Nagpur, MH 440003, India.
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Received: May 8, 2013
Revised: August 22, 2013
Accepted: September 3, 2013
Published online: November 20, 2013
Core Tip

Core tip: This article highlights a technique to fabricate a surgical obturator that duplicates patient’s original tissue form including teeth, alveolus and palatal tissues. Make patient feel unaware of surgical deformity. The obturator prosthesis fabricated with this technique supports soft tissues and minimizes the scar contracture. We have clinically tried this technique in 11 patients. Patients’ satisfaction level was recorded on visual analogue scale (VAS) and it ranges between 74% and 94% (with average of 87%). Four different prosthodontists have visually evaluated facial asymmetry of patients at 6 months recall and their average perception on VAS varies between 71% and 93% (with average of 84%).