Clinical Management of Microstomia Due to the Static Treatment of Facial Paralysis and Oral Rehabilitation With Dental Implants

Selvi F., Guven E., Mutlu D.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.22, no.3, pp.967-969, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0b013e31820fe2f5
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.967-969
  • Keywords: Facial paralysis, drooling, dental implants, complication, fascial sling operation, fixed prosthodontics
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Facial-nerve paralysis is seldom seen and may occur because of a broad spectrum of causes. The most commonly seen cause of facial paralysis is the Bell palsy; iatrogenic causes and tumors are relatively rare. Facial asymmetry, drooling, garbled speech, and difficulty in feeding: all adversely affect the psychosocial conditions of the patients. Fascial and tendon sling procedures may be performed for the static treatment of the unilateral permanent facial paralysis. These techniques are used both for the correction of the asymmetry of the face, especially by providing static support for the corner of the mouth, and to prevent drooling.