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Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a dental specialty within the area of Prosthodontics.

A Maxillofacial Prosthodontist can perform treatments related to restoration and replacement of head and neck tissues, bones or any area damaged by birth defects, traumas or accidents.

As a board certified Prosthodontist, Dr. Goetz has the expertise and skills to provide maxillofacial prosthetic treatments for patients who have:

  • Missing teeth
  • Missing bone areas
  • Missing tissue areas
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • The need to get prosthesis for functional purposes
  • The need to get prosthesis for cosmetic or aesthetic purposes

 Dr. Goetz can provide the best dental care for patients with complex maxillofacial issues.

He makes use of improved techniques and modern technology to restore and reconstruct your mouth in the most effective way.

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Benefits of Maxillofacial Prosthetics

Recovery of Oral Functions

By restoring missing teeth or reconstructing damaged areas, patients can restore their oral functions again in order to chew, swallow and speak normally.

Birth Defects Recovery

Patients born with maxillofacial disorders, including defects in ears, teeth, gums or palate, can benefit from maxillofacial prostheses to restore their oral health.

Integrated Approach

Maxillofacial Prosthodontists usually work together with oral surgeons, oncologists, neurologists, and professionals from other dental specialties. That way, they can treat the patient’s overall condition from different dental specialties.

Improved Aesthetics

With restored  teeth, bones or tissues, you can enjoy the benefit of looking great even if you have suffered a severe trauma or were born with a maxillofacial defect.

Improved Quality of Life

Maxillofacial Prosthodontics can highly improve the patient’s quality of life. A maxillofacial prosthodontist can make your oral functions work properly, and give a natural look to the patient’s concerning areas.

Psychosocial Benefits

A reconstructed mouth can give a patient more confidence with the way they look. Also, with the way their mouth, jaw and teeth function. Many patients can recover a number of social activities once they have their complex dental problems solved.

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Maxillofacial Prosthetics: Procedure & Diagnosis


 The main objective of Maxillofacial procedures is to restore a patient’s oral health when mouth, neck, jaws or face have been affected by trauma or disease.

Depending on the kind of reconstructive treatment you need, procedures will vary in complexity, time and cost.

At Ocean Breeze Prosthodontics, we prioritize our patients’ wants and needs, so any treatment will be discussed during the comprehensive exam with detailed information about what is going on in your mouth. 

To begin, Dr. Goetz will conduct a diagnosis treatment plan. This involves a comprehensive exam to check your overall oral health. Dr. Goetz will check teeth, gums, bones, evaluate x-ray images, perform oral cancer screening, and more.

After the comprehensive exam is completed, Dr. Goetz will be able to set a treatment plan that satisfies your needs and makes you feel good during your restoration procedure.

Maxillofacial Prosthetics

Once the doctor has a diagnosis, he can carry out a treatment plan that best suits your needs. Maxillofacial treatments that involve reconstruction of bone or tissue areas, will definitely take more time than simple processes carried out by general dentists.

The restoration process will depend on the kind of problem the patient is facing. Whether you need dental implants, reconstruct a cleft palate or restore facial defects, the procedure will involve particular timing and processes. In some cases, a specialized team of doctors will be needed to complete complex treatments.

Dr. Goetz will reconstruct those areas involving the maxilla, mandible, and face that are missing or defective. This reconstruction can require implants, bone grafting or prostheses of different types.

In any case, prostheses should:

  • be comfortably and safely placed (whether they are fix or removable protheses)
  • be long lasting
  • be resistant and match the surrounding appearance of the patient’s mouth.
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What is Maxillofacial Prosthetics?

Maxillofacial prosthetics is a subspecialty of Prosthodontics. Doctors trained in Maxillofacial prosthetics can provide specialized treatments involving face and neck reconstruction. Teeth, jaw, tissues, bones or palate may have anomalies due to traumas, cancer, or birth defects. From dental implants to face reconstruction, a maxillofacial doctor provide the patient with a better quality of life.

How do I know if I need to see a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist?

If you have anomalies that are affecting your oral functions or the aesthetics of your mouth, face and neck, you should consult a maxillofacial Prosthodontist. Maxillofacial prosthodontists have higher dental training after completing their specialty in prosthodontics. This training allows them to treat cases that involve damaged tissues, bone problems, cleft palate, and similar anomalies that affect the way the patient looks and the way their mouth works (oral functions like chewing, speaking, biting).

What kind of Treatments will I get with a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist?

That will depend on the kind of dental problem you have. Some cases require more complex treatments that may involve oral surgeries or tissue reconstructions. Other cases, may involve dental implants to restore missing teeth, for example. Because each patient is different, and each problem needs to be diagnosed and analyzed in detail, Dr. Goetz will carry out a comprehensive exam before setting up a treatment plan for you.

What if I need a Maxillofacial Surgery?

An oral surgery may stem from a trauma, impacted teeth or any kind of maxillofacial malformations. To know if you need an oral surgery you first need to see a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist can perform a diagnostic check up to evaluate your needs. The they can set up the procedures required to solve your oral or maxillofacial problem. In complex cases it may happen that the Prosthodontist needs to work with other practitioners such as oral surgeons.

Will my Insurance Cover the Cost of my Maxillofacial Prosthetic Treatment?

Most dental insurance companies typically cover general dentistry procedures. For more complex cases, such as maxillofacial prosthetics, you should always ask your insurance provider about coverage. If the treatment is for health or functional causes, it may have some more coverage than if treatment is only for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons only.

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