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VOLUME 8 , ISSUE 7 ( November, 2007 ) > List of Articles


Positioning Magnets on a Multiple/Sectional Maxillofacial Prosthesis

Marcelo Coelho Goiato, Aline Úrsula Rocha Fernandes, Daniela Micheline dos Santos, Valentim Adelino Ricardo Baräo

Citation Information : Goiato MC, Fernandes AÚ, dos Santos DM, Baräo VA. Positioning Magnets on a Multiple/Sectional Maxillofacial Prosthesis. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007; 8 (7):101-107.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-8-7-101

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-03-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).



The aim of this report is to describe a quick and simple method of positioning retention magnets when deformed patients are rehabilitated with an oculopalpebral prostheses attached to a maxillary denture/obturator.


In patients with deformities requiring complex rehabilitations, the use of magnets is the most efficient means of providing combined prostheses with retention quality and stability. Usually prostheses with magnets are in sections and have a magnet in each section. When the sections are put together properly, the magnets are attracted to each other and retain the sections.


An edentulous patient presented for a post-surgical evaluation of a maxillofacial prosthesis used to repair a partial maxillectomy and left orbital exoneration which removed all adjacent tissues leaving an open communication between the oral, nasal, and orbital cavities. The proposed treatment plan included construction of a maxillary complete denture with a palatal obturator and a mandibular complete denture. Magnets were used to attach the oculopalpebral prosthesis to the maxillary denture/obturator.


Use of retention magnets simplify the clinical and laboratorial phase, retains the denture, and makes it stable and comfortable for the patient. This treatment is one successful approach to the restoration of oral function and increases the patient's quality of life.


Goiato MC, Fernandes AÚR, dos Santos DM, Barão VAR. Positioning Magnets on a Multiple/ Sectional Maxillofacial Prosthesis. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007 November; (8)7:101-107.

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