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Maxillofacial Prosthetics 
 
In the United States, approximately 48,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. This is especially concerning because for the past decade, there has been an increase in the occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. 
 
There are about 132 new individuals diagnosed with an oral cancer daily.  As with most diseases, the best line of defense is early detection of the disease. All dental professionals are trained to perform head and neck examinations and provide an oral cancer screening.
 
As Maxillofacial Prosthodontists, Dr. Randazzo and Dr. Leong both have extensive training on how to manage and treat patients that are undergoing cancer treatment, or who have undergone head and neck cancer treatment in the past. Depending on the severity of the oral cancer, these cancers may be treated by surgical removal, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these methods.
 
For individuals that have had surgical removal of their oral cancer or head and neck cancer, there will likely be a defect that remains. When this is the case, your cancer treatment team will direct you to the care of a maxillofacial prosthodontist. We are able to fabricate special appliances that will help you return to a normal quality of life.
 
We hope that no one is ever diagnosed with cancer, let alone head and neck cancer. But until a cure is found, our specialty is here to offer help to these patients. 
 
Below are some examples of these prostheses we have fabricated to help our patients who are oral cancer and head and neck cancer survivors.

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Obturator Prosthesis

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Obturator Prosthesis

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Obturator Prosthesis