Alloplastic, anatomical, functional and aesthetic rehabilitation of facial loss and malformations is a function of the dentist within the scope of Buccomaxillofacial Prosthesis, member of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthesis and Traumatology. This rehabilitation, through ocular, auricular, nasal, oculopulpal prostheses and devices used in the treatment of craniofacial anomalies, return aesthetics and function.
The treatments are divided, according to the prostheses and devices employed, into reparative and complementary prosthetic treatment. The prostheses indicated in the repair prosthetic treatment are subdivided into intra and extraoral (facial). Intraoral are indicated when there are large losses in the maxilla or mandible regions, in facial deformities with involvement of the oral cavity, especially the lip-palatine clefts, associated or not with syndromes. Extraoral reparative prostheses, also known as facial prostheses, may be indicated for odd organs (nasal and labial prostheses) and even organs (ocular, eyelid, auricular prostheses) and the prosthesis for the great loss of the face, called extensive facial prosthesis. Since the development of osseointegrated implants, used in various areas of the human body, intra and extraoral implants have been spreading as a means of retaining facial prostheses with great efficiency.
The Bucomaxillofacial Prosthesis Clinic has complete offices and a specific laboratory, where all the devices, devices and prostheses are made. The most complex procedures are performed in the Surgical Center of the department itself, and demonstrated simultaneously through video conferencing to undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development students. The clinical team is made up of teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students (scientific initiation) and monitors, as well as professionals undergoing updating in the area.
The service is focused on the high demand of mutilated patients with developmental, malformed and cancer disorders, referred by professionals from various areas (nutritionists, psychologists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, doctors, nurses, community health counselors, among others) from different locations in Brazil. Her work has a multidisciplinary focus emphasizing the close connection with medical specialties.