A novel use of intermaxillary fixation screws for post-maxillectomy obturator retention

      Immediate reconstruction is required following ablative surgery for maxillary tumours. Usual methods include local or free flap reconstruction, or the fabrication of a custom made obturator. Obturators aim to guide soft tissue healing, restore facial contour and achieve a seal between the antral and oral cavities. Methods of obturator retention include dental clasps and hooks, osseointegrated implants and transosseous screws into remaining palate.


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