The Maxillofacial Prosthetics Department works closely with the Royal Melbourne Hospital surgical units, to improve the quality of life for individuals with compromised facial and dental anatomy by creating custom prostheses and splints.
Our services include:
- Full spectrum of high cosmesis silicone facial prostheses, including implant retained devices (external and internal referrals accepted for these services)
Dental prostheses and splints
- The design and manufacture of specialised dental prostheses
- Orthognathic dental splints
- Splints for facial fractures - dental technology services are provided to patients of the Royal Melbourne Hospital surgical units only
The process of making a facial prosthesis involves several visits by the patient in person. Complete healing, with no swelling present, is required to begin the process. Sufficient healing after radiotherapy can typically take 3-6 months and will vary with the type of prosthesis and retention method.
Patients suitable for an orbital prosthesis will be referred to an ocularist by the Maxillofacial team prior to making the patient a prosthesis.
Special referral instructions
Written referrals for facial prostheses are accepted from Specialist Medical Practitioners, General Practitioners and Allied Health professionals.