Jaw Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

Maxillofacial prosthodontics is a sub-specialty of prosthodontics that is concerned with the maxillofacial reconstruction and oral rehabilitation of persons who have lost oral and/or facial structures as a result of cancer, trauma or were born with missing structures.

iRSM has been a pioneer in the field of surgical reconstruction and rehabilitation of jaw defects as a result of head and neck cancer and trauma.  The maxillofacial prosthodontic work being carried out is surgically driven. The majority of oral and maxillofacial rehabilitation are carried out with osseointegrated implants which are planned in a digital environment.

iRSM has been in the forefront of innovations in advanced jaw reconstruction and with the advent of pioneering surgical and prosthodontic planning utilizing surgical design and simulation have been able to reduce the management pathway for some patients to around 1 to 2 years.

Head and neck cancer patient management fall into one of four treatment pathways:
The maxillofacial prosthodontists at iRSM work in close cooperation with head and neck surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, plastic surgeons, speech-language pathologists, anaplastologists, surgical design simulationists, osseointegration technologists, dental hygienists and registered dental assistants in the care of our patients.

Patient Resources

Head and Neck Cancer Support Society | For patients, by patients

iRSM Functional Assessment

National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders

Alberta Health Care – Mouth and Dental Care for Patients



Cookbooks for people with chewing/swallowing difficulties: 


  • Easy-to-Swallow, Easy-to-Chew Cookbook: Over 150 Tasty and Nutritious Recipes for People Who Have Difficulty Swallowing
    Authors: Donna L. Weihofen, JoAnne Robbins, Paula A. Sullivan
    ISBN-13: 978-0471200741
  • The I-Can’t-Chew Cookbook: Delicious Soft Diet Recipes for People With Chewing, Swallowing, and Dry Mouth Disorders
    Author: J. Randy Wilson, D.M.D M.D. Mark A. Piper (Foreword)
    ISBN-13: 978-0897933995
  • Soft Options: For Adults Who Have Difficulty Chewing
    Author: Rita Greer
    ISBN-13: 978-0285634473
  • Non-chew cookbook
    Author: J. Randy Wilson
    ISBN: 0919100457
  • What To Eat During Cancer Treatment: 1100 Great-Tasting, Family-Friendly Recipes to Help You Cope
    Authors: Jeanne Besser, Kristina Ratley
    ISBN: 1604430052

Supported by:

1W-02, 16940-87 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5R 4H5

Phone: 780-735-2660
Fax: 780-735-2658
Email: irsm@albertahealthservices.ca