A two-step (altered cast) impression technique in the prosthetic rehabilitation of a patient after a maxillectomy: A clinical report

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This clinical report describes the prosthetic rehabilitation complicated by trismus (as a consequence of surgery and radiation therapy) of a patient with an acquired maxillary defect, after surgical removal of the right maxillary sinus tumor. The patient was restored with a partial removable dental prosthesis with a hollow bulb obturator to obtain orofacial rehabilitation and defect obturation. Precise obturation requires an accurate impression of the resection defect. A 2-step impression was performed because of trismus. A primary maxillary impression was made with an irreversible hydrocolloid, while a secondary (altered cast) impression was made with a silicone material by using the obturator cast framework as a tray. In that way an altered cast was produced. Subsequently, an obturator prosthesis was processed with a conventional technique.

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