Dentaltown August 2021 - 44

by Dr. Vladimir Frias
Dr. Vladimir Frias received his Doctor
of Dental Surgery and Master of
Science degrees from Columbia
University, where he completed
specialty training in prosthodontics,
followed by fellowships in
maxillofacial prosthetics and
surgical implantology. Frias, a
diplomate of the American Board of
Prosthodontics, has been published
in multiple scientific journals in the fields of craniofacial
and implant reconstruction. His current research includes
3D printing for craniofacial cellular frameworks.
He maintains a private practice in prosthodontics and implant
surgery and is the director of maxillofacial prosthetics at the
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York.
Craniofacial
Implants
Prosthetics
and
The digital revolution has helped dentists create
lifelike prostheses even outside of the mouth
S
oon after I graduated from dental school and was preparing to join my prosthodontic
program, I happened to mention to a patient that I was going to leave my associateship
because I was returning to school to specialize. The patient smiled and said, " That's
great! Do you, um, specialize in different kinds of teeth? "
Of course, I was taken aback. This was a reasonably well-educated lady who had been through
four years of orthodontics and had four wisdom teeth removed and yet, despite her interactions
with at least two dental specialists, she had no idea that there were dentists who had chosen to
limit their practices to eliminate gum disease, straighten teeth or treat root canal infections.
It comes as no surprise to me, then, that patients often turn up to Roswell Park's maxillofacial
clinic with a concern that they're in the wrong place. Obturators and mandibular resection
prostheses are easier to relate to in a dental setting because, of course, there are teeth involved.
But when patients are missing a nose or an eye, it often seems to be a stretch that their treating
doctor is a doctor of dental surgery.
I often explain it to them in the same way that I explain it to other doctors and dentists
who have an interest in facial reconstruction: Craniofacial implants are a derivative of dental
implants, and the rules and procedures for placing them are similar. ENT and plastic surgeons
can place them, but dentists and oral surgeons place them every day.
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