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Prosthetic rehabilitation of edentulous segmental
mandibulectomy patient: A case report
Bhat AM1, D Krishna Prasad2, Gupta H3, Hegde R4
Professor, 2Professor and Head of the Department, 3Post Graduate Student, 4Reader, Department of Prosthodontics, A. B. Shetty
Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore
An understanding of postsurgical anatomy and physiology is an obvious prerequisite to the development of new
prosthetic procedures for mandibulectomy patients. Loss of the potential basal seat area, atrophic and fragile
oral mucosa, reduction in salivary output, angular pathway of mandibular closure, deviation of the mandible and
impairment of the motor and sensory control of the tongue, lips and cheeks make the fabrication of a prosthesis
difﬁcult in these situations. Several prosthetic options include sectional prosthesis, use of palatal ramp, setting
double rows of teeth on the unresected side in maxilla and use of functional chew in technique. This article
describes the use of two rows of maxillary posterior teeth on the unresected side in a patient who had undergone
segmental mandibulectomy. The inner row helped in restoring the function whereas the outer row helped in
restoring the cheek support and esthetics.
Key words: Segmental mandibulectomy, Double rows of teeth
Introduction Class VI: Similar to class V, except that the mandibular
One of the most consistently difﬁcult areas of maxillofacial continuity is not restored.
rehabilitation is the treatment of edentulous patients
who have had a radical cancer surgery of the tongue, Schaaf2 in 1976 outlined various factors to be considered
ﬂoor of the mouth and mandible. Only a complete in partial mandibulectomy patient who are also completely
understanding will permit functional utilization of these edentulous. These are amount of mandible remaining,
unusual postoperative anatomic conditions1. amount of deviation, remaining kinesthetic sense and
control, actual present ridge relationship, nature of
Cantor and Curtis1 (1971) devised a prosthetic denture bearing areas, status of the patient’s disease,
classiﬁcation that is as follows: type of the treatment patient has received, preoperative
Class I: Mandibular resection involving alveolar defect success with complete dentures and overall vigor of the
with preservation of mandibular continuity patient.
Class II: Resection defects involve loss of mandibular
continuity distal to the canine area Both mandibulectomy and Commando’s procedure
Class III: Resection defect involves loss up to the involve an extensive loss of tissues and associated
mandibular midline region. function. The most signiﬁcant difﬁculty encountered is
Class IV: Resection defect involves the lateral aspect mandibular deviation towards the defective side. The
of the mandible, but are augmented to maintain greater the loss of tissues, greater will be the deviation
pseudoarticulation of bone and soft tissues in the region of the mandible to the resected side, thus compromising
of the ascending ramus. the prognosis of the prosthetic rehabilitation to a greater
Class V: Resection defect involves the symphysis and extent. Apart from deviation, other dysfunctions in such
parasymphysis region only, augmented to preserve patients are observed in swallowing, speech, control of
bilateral temporomandibular articulations. saliva, mandibular movements, mastication, respiration
and psychic functioning3.
Dr. Himanshu Gupta, Senior Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical
Sciences, Rai Baraeli Road, Lucknow, (U.P). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Treatment options are varied and several authors have unresected side were planned.
taken different approaches in these situations. Swoope4
described the use of palatal ramp prosthesis to correct Primary impressions were made using alginate
deviation. However he believed in sectional mandibular (Neocolloid, Dentsply) with stock trays. Lower stock
complete dentures and said that nothing is gained by tray was modiﬁed with modeling wax on the left side.
extension onto the movable and unsupported tissues Custom trays were fabricated using self cure resin (DPI-
of the surgical site. Schaaf2 and Rosenthal5 suggested RR, Mumbai, India). Border moulding and secondary
setting of double rows of maxillary teeth on the unresected impression were made with greenstick compound and
side. The inner row helped in restoring the function zinc oxide eugenol impression paste for maxillary arch
whereas the outer row helped in restoring the cheek while putty consistency (Zetaplus, Zhermac Clinical,
support and enhancing the esthetics. The variations in Italy) and light body condensation silicone (Oranwash
closure of the jaws is observed in this technique on right L, Zhermac Clinical, Italy) was used for mandibular arch
and left side and then a central and relaxed position (Fig. 1) and cast poured in dental stone (Fig. 2).
is recorded. Another technique by Cantor and Curtis6
involved functional chew in of the maxillary posterior Self cure resin record bases were made and occlusion
wax blocks while lower denture in mouth. rims fabricated. Additional block of wax was put in
maxillary posterior unresected segment to support the
Case report lower wax rim while the patient closes. Wax rims were
A 48 yr old male patient reported to the Department then adjusted until a tentative vertical jaw relation was
of Prosthodontics, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of established. A face bow transfer was done and the
Dental Sciences, Mangalore after surgery and radiation maxillary cast mounted on Girrbachs (Artex) non arcon
for squammous cell carcinoma involving left alveolus. semi adjustable articulator. For horizontal registration,
Segmental mandibulectomy and supraomohyoid patient was made to bring his mandible to unresected
neck dissection were performed six months back. side as far as possible without causing pain. The wax
Reconstruction was done using pectoralis major was softened and the position was sealed. The lower
myocutaneous ﬂap. Over 1 1/2 months back he cast was mounted in this secured relation.
underwent post operative radiotherapy. This patient falls
under class II of Cantor and Curtis classiﬁcation. Teeth arrangement was done while arranging two rows
of teeth (Acry rock, Ruthinium, Valsad, India) in the
Clinical examination revealed total edentulousness and maxillary posterior unresected side. Try in of the waxed
missing left mandible from canine region onwards. There up denture was done and evaluated for esthetics,
was severe mandibular deviation towards the resected speech, occlusion and vertical dimension. The dentures
side. As the patient was made to bring the mandible were then characterized, processed and occlusion
towards the right side, he complained of moderate pain was adjusted (Fig 3). After ﬁnishing and polishing, the
in the right temporomandibular joint area. A decision was prosthesis was inserted into the patient’s mouth. Any
then made to fabricate the complete denture prosthesis occlusal interferences in normal range of movements
in repeatable and relaxed position. As the deviation was were checked and corrected. Routine postinsertion
marked, two rows of maxillary posterior teeth on the instructions were given to the patient
Fig 1: Mandibular secondary impression Fig 2: Mandibular master cast Fig 3: Processed complete
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Fig 4: Occlusion on the resected side Fig 5: Occlusion on the unresected side Fig 6: Before Fig 7: After
Four most important factors that effect rehabilitation accordance with Desjardins8, who stated that this easily
in mandibulectomy as listed by Cantor and Curtis are attainable maxillomandibular relationship may be more
location and extent of surgery, effect of radiation therapy, conducive in achieving the goal of mandibular stability in
the presence or absence of teeth and psychosocial the mandibular denture.
factors7. Boucher stated that the amount of biting force
tolerated by a denture is directly proportional to the size To conclude, in this segmental mandibulectomy case,
of tissue bearing area. Since mandibulectomy patients successful rehabilitation has been achieved by the use
have markedly reduced masticatory strength and little of two rows of maxillary posterior teeth on the unresected
hard and soft tissue support, it is important to record and side and this can be considered as a viable treatment
utilize as broad a denture base area as possible6. option for these type of cases.
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