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Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Maxillofacial prosthetics is a sub-specialty of prosthodontics. Maxillofacial prosthodontists treat patients who have acquired and congenital defects of the head and neck (maxillofacial) region due to surgery, trauma, and/or birth defect. It requires an additional year of training after completing an accredited prosthodontic training program. Artificial eyes (see occular prosthetic, ears, and maxillary obturators are commonly planned and fabricated by maxillofacial prosthodontists. Currently, many of these prostheses are retained with the assistance pf osseointegrated implants. Other less commonly employed prostheses include mouth devices used by amputees to aid in daily activities, tracheostomy obturators, and craniofacial prosthesis.