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Finding information about facial differences, and resources about craniofacial surgery and/or prosthesis is difficult. You are welcome to contact our Library Services for journal articles and information at 416.480.6100 ext. 4615. We hope you find the following suggestions helpful. Also see our Glossary of Terms below

Support Groups

  • About Face - an international organization providing emotional support, connections and information to individuals with facial differences, and their families. They are located at 123 Edward Street, Suite 1003, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1E2. Telephone: 416.597.2229 or 1.800.665.FACE.

Suggested Reading

  • Changing Faces. Facing the Future - a series of booklets about facial disfigurement. Includes "Meeting new people, making new friends," and "Making the change." - Changing Faces, 1 & 2 Junction Mews, London W2 1PN, United Kingdom. (Also available through About Face)
  • Cole, Johnathan (1998) - About Face - Cambridge Massachusettes: The MIT Press
  • Let's Face It (Annual). Resource for people with facial differences. Let's Face It, P.O. Box 29972, Bellingham, Washington U.S.A. 98228-1972. Telephone: 360.676.7325
  • Shafritz, Linda R. (1994) - Face Value: Coping with Facial Disfigurement


  • Face First - featuring adults with facial differences talking about their experiences. 30 minutes. Mike Grundmann, 1119 Aspen Street, Santa Ana, California, U.S.A. 92705-6702. Telephone: 1.800.738.8092 or e-mail: Mike_Grundmann@link.freedome .com (also available on loan from About Face).
  • Mirror Mirror - CBC Production (Man Alive). Adults with facial differences, and parents of children with facial differences discuss their experiences. (Also available on loan from About Face).

Web sites

Glossary of Terms

  • Abutment:  small round cylinders supported by implants in the bone that link the prosthesis to the implants; the prosthesis is anchored by using clips or magnets
  • Anomalies: irregular or different from the norm
  • Audiologist: therapists who work with people with hearing difficulties
  • Anaplostology: the art and science of restoring malformed or absent parts of the human body through artificial means
  • Camouflage Therapist: therapist who specializes in custom formulation make-up to help camouflage burns, scars, and other skin discolourations
  • Congenital: existing at or before birth
  • Craniofacial: involves head and face
  • Diagnostic: an instrument or technique used in medical examination or treatment planning to define or identify a particular disease ro characteristics
  • Hygiene: conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health
  • Hygienist: assists dentist in providing preventive dental services
  • Implant: to insert or embed (an object or device) surgically; titanium implants called fixtures are placed in the bone to provide a permanent and stable means of attaching facial prosthesis
  • Multidisciplinary: making use of several (healthcare) professionals at once
  • Prosthesis: an artificial replacement for a portion of the body that is missing or disfigured. Prosthesis are custom-made from various materials including silicone 
  • Prosthodontist: a specialist in dentistry who deals with the replacement of missing teeth and related mouth and jaw structures by bridges, dentures or other artificial means
  • Silicone: a flexible, durable rubber used to simulate soft tissues
  • Speech Pathologist: therapists that study speech defects or disorders

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Location and Contact

Craniofacial Prosthetics Unit

Odette Cancer Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 
T-wing, ground floor, room TG 260
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Judy Gibson
Phone: 416-480-4254
Email: judya.gibson