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Article: Volume 42 Number 7 Page 612 - September 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 612-620

Restorative dentistry:  Rehabilitation of Oncology Patients with Hard Palate Defects Part 3: Construction of an Acrylic Hollow Box Obturator

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Abstract: This article will discuss the clinical stages in the fabrication of a definitive acrylic hollow box obturator to restore a hard palate defect. The first two papers described the restorative/surgical planning phase and the principles of obturator design.

Clinical relevance: Each of the clinical stages required to make a hollow box obturator must be performed to the highest possible standard to ensure than an optimal prosthesis is fabricated.

Author notes: Rahat Ali, BSc, BDS, MSc, MFGDP, MFDS RCS, PGC(HE), FDS(Rest Dent) RCS, Post CCST Oral Rehabilitation Fellow, Liverpool and Manchester Dental Hospital, Asmaa Altaie, BDS, MSc, MFDS RCS, Clinical Teaching Fellow in Restorative Dentistry and Brian Nattress, BChD, FDS RCS, MRD RCS, PhD, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9LU, UK.

Objective: To discuss the clinical stages in the fabrication of a definitive acrylic hollow box obturator to restore a hard palate defect.

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