The future of maxillofacial prosthodontics in North America: Part I—Journey to the present

Johan F. Wolfaardt, Lawrence E. Brecht, Robert M. Taft

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Abstract

Statement of problem: Understanding how maxillofacial prosthodontists are perceiving changes in head and neck care and the impact of advanced digital technologies on maxillofacial prosthodontics is important. However, no studies could be identified that specifically addressed these subjects. Purpose: The purpose of this review of selected literature was to identify issues that guided the development of maxillofacial prosthodontics and the concerns that persist. The review also considered contemporary influences that will affect the future of maxillofacial prosthodontics. The conclusions of the review were used to interpret the results of the exploratory survey reported in Part II. Material and methods: The review of selected literature was related to the development of maxillofacial prosthodontics in North America between 1950 and 2018. Literature that was considered relevant to the purpose of the review was included. Results: The review yielded 37 references of interest: 34 peer-reviewed publications, 1 guideline, 1 historical publication, and 1 website. Periods in the development of maxillofacial prosthodontics in North America were identified as formation, consolidation, and innovation. Conclusions: It was concluded that concerns in subspecialty programs and clinical practice had origins in the formation and consolidation periods. These persisting concerns extended into the innovation period. Contemporary influences in head and neck surgery will continue to affect the future of maxillofacial prosthodontics. Advanced digital technologies appeared to be central to driving change. Understanding the evolution of maxillofacial prosthodontics was an important first step in providing context when interpreting the results of a survey of maxillofacial prosthodontists reported as Part II of this work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery

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