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Anaplastology and the US Navy: Introduction

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Text and photos contributed by Robert Robinson, BS, MSA, CCA

Certified Clinical Anaplastologist and Maxillofacial Prosthetist

WST Board of Directors

During the second World War, due to a concern for the decreasing number of raw materials from Germany, the Department of Defense asked the Naval Post Graduate Dental School in Bethesda in MD to research alternative materials to making glass eyes. This pilot study produced refined dental acrylic used for fabricating dentures into the fabrication of today’s ocular prostheses.

The Navy team of facial prosthetic reconstruction professionals is made up of, but not limited to:

Dental department:

Maxillofacial Prosthodontist



Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon




Medical department:

Radiation Oncology



(ENT) Ear Nose and Throat

Plastic Surgery

Bio Medical Engineer (3D) model specialist

Navy Training Programs

Maxillofacial Prosthetics - 3 years residency Programs

Maxillofacial Prosthetics - 1 year Fellowship Program

Dental Laboratory Maxillofacial "C" - 6 months Program for enlisted service members only

These programs are designed to train aspiring maxillofacial prosthodontists and maxillofacial prosthetists in the rehabilitation of patients with congenital and/or acquired head and neck defects. Patients with disabilities may range from minor cosmetic discrepancies to major functional compromises. Candidates are exposed to all areas of patient care that require management skills and patient sensitivity. The programs provide working relationships in the hospital environment and the team approach to rehabilitative services with other medical specialties.

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