Maxillo-facial prosthetics can contribute much to the quality of life of patients with congenital problems or those treated surgically for a head and neck neoplasm. The availability of an adequate service varies internationally. The present study examines the current provision and requirements for such a service in Scotland. A questionnaire survey of 90 oral, plastic and ENT surgeons was carried out. Information was sought on numbers and types of cases seen, prosthetic treatment provided and involvement of Consultants in Restorative Dentistry in their management. The results show that most surgeons only treat a small number of such patients with a consequent dilution of experience, and with a possible need for supra-regional specialist centres. In addition there is a need for improvement of multi-disciplinary planning clinics for such cases.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|