Founded in 1994, the MUSC Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Division of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery bridges medicine and dentistry together in the collaborative arenas of patient care, research and teaching. The Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Clinic is the clinical arm with an emphasis on maxillofacial prosthetics, oral oncology, implant prosthetics, and aesthetic dentistry. Our mission is to be the leader in promoting the highest standards of excellence for patients afflicted with head and neck cancer, trauma, craniofacial defects, dental sleep disorders, and dental disorders by improving the quality of life and function of patients through patient care, teaching and discovery of knowledge.
The Clinic has five clinical procedure rooms with a full service dental laboratory and is located on the tenth floor of Rutledge Tower. The Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Exam room is located in the Hollings Cancer Center facility near the head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, oncologists, and speech pathologists for all new head and neck cancer patients. This is designed to allow pre-operative treatment planning by all specialists. This specialized clinic provides on-site counseling and outpatient treatment for head and neck cancer patients. The Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Clinic is part of the MUSC Head and Neck Tumor Center and all head and neck cancer patients are presented at the Head and Neck Tumor Board.
Maxillofacial Prosthetics is the subspecialty of prosthodontics in dentistry dealing with the prosthetic rehabilitation of head and neck cancer, trauma, and craniofacial congenital patients. When a patient is missing a portion of the face due to trauma or cancer, the resulting deformity is an acquired defect; whereas, a congenital condition is one that you are born with. Cancer, trauma, and congenital conditions may affect your appearance and functions of speaking, swallowing, and chewing. The services of the clinic include fabrication of extraoral prostheses such as nasal, orbital, and auricular defects and intraoral prostheses such as obturators, resection appliances, speech bulbs, palatal lifts, and implant prostheses, oral care for patients undergoing head and neck radiation and chemotherapy, nasoalveolar molding appliances for cleft palate babies, definitive rehabilitation of craniofacial patients, and aesthetic dentistry.