A congenital defect such as a cleft lip or palate, an acquired or neurological defect including cancer of the face or mouth or a facial impairment after a stroke might necessitate the need for a maxillofacial prosthesis. Dr Kosalram has a special interest in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. We help rehabilitate patients with functional disabilities and/ or cosmetic disfigurement at our practice in the Kew.
How can we help?
Dr Kosalram performs prosthetic reconstruction and rehabilitation of the face and jaws. This often involves a series of discussions between several medical disciplines. Complete rehabilitative care may mean utilising the services of other expert clinicians including Oncologists, Head and Neck Surgeons, Periodontists, Orthodontists and Neurosurgeons where necessary. Collectively, this means that Dr Kosalram is able to treat patients with conditions, such as:
- Cleft palate
- Cleft lip
- Oral cancer
- Facial impairment after a stroke
What are maxillofacial prostheses and how can we help?
Maxillofacial prostheses are custom-fabricated products or devices designed to reconstruct congenital and/or acquired defects of the mouth and face. These may consist of prosthetic devices such as palatal lifts, palatal augmentation devices, speech bulbs and obturators. As such, maxillofacial treatment is designed to restore form and function using one or more devices to improve the overall quality of a patient’s life.
Palatal obturators, for example, are designed to close defects in the hard and soft palate, while restoring chewing function, improving speech, and correcting breathing. A speech bulb (another type of maxillofacial prosthesis) is primarily designed to help those patients who have lost soft palate tissue and is necessary for proper speech and swallowing.
In addition, Dr Kosalram may plan to use dental implants in conjunction with a maxillofacial prosthesis to provide a comprehensive prosthetic and surgical solution for the patient.
Maxillofacial prosthetics – Enjoy a better quality of life
To find out more about how Dr Kosalram and the team at Melbourne East Prosthodontics can help you, contact us for a detailed consultation.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.