Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
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A comparison of digital and conventional fabrication techniques for an esthetic maxillofacial prosthesis for the cheek and lip


      Maxillofacial prostheses have traditionally been manufactured by pouring silicone into molds. However, the development of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) systems allows the virtual planning, design, and manufacture of maxillofacial prostheses through the direct 3-dimensional printing of silicone. This clinical report describes the digital workflow as an alternative to the conventional method of restoring a large midfacial defect in the right cheek and lip. In addition, the approaches were nonblinded evaluated in relation to outcomes and time efficiency, while marginal adaptation and esthetics, including patient satisfaction, were assessed for both prostheses fabricated. The digital prosthesis had acceptable esthetics and fit with improved patient satisfaction, especially in terms of efficiency, comfort, and speed of the digital workflow.
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