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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 857-859
Restoration of blinking reflex and facial symmetry in a Bell's palsy patient


Department of Prosthodontics, KLEVK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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Priyanka Somani
Department of Prosthodontics, KLEVK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.94686

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Patients afflicted with Bell's palsy are faced with both functional and esthetic impairment. Prominent among these are the inability to close the eyelids and abnormal facial appearance, with concomitant difficulty in eating, drinking and speaking. Rehabilitation of such patients can be achieved by a multispecialty approach, with the prosthodontist functioning as an integral part of the treatment team. This article describes a simple and effective approach to restore the blinking reflex of the upper eyelid with custom gold implant and facial esthetics with cheek support prosthesis.


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