Types of Maxillofacial Prosthesis
1.Ocular Prosthesis and 2. Ear Prosthesis
Above: Ocular prosthesis before and after
Below: Ear prosthesis before and after
An ocular prosthesis or artificial eye is a type of craniofacial prosthesis that replaces an absent natural eye following birth related deformities and other causes such as accidents, infections etc. Often referred to as a glass eye, the ocular prosthesis roughly takes the shape of a convex shell and is made of medical grade plastic acrylic. A variant of the ocular prosthesis is a very thin hard shell known as a scleral shell which can be worn over a damaged or eviscerated eye. An ocular prosthesis does not provide vision. Someone with an ocular prosthesis is totally blind on the affected side and has monocular (one-sided) vision.
Congenital or Traumatic loss of the ear and unsatisfactory surgical reconstruction are often followed by the implant-retained auricular prosthesis as the definitive treatment. The final restoration completes the individual’s quest for symmetry, anonymity and a sense of serenity that comes with having a stable and normal-looking ear. Naturalism is accomplished by selective surface treatment: leaving sheen on select cartilaginous areas and a matte finish on adjacent helix and lobe to simulate tissue much softer perhaps covered with fine vellus hair. All implant retention systems are available including the bar-clip attachment of ear prostheses. Many factors are important; from bone and soft tissue quality to lifestyle to individual personality, and we are privileged to team with surgical and prosthodontic specialists- and you- to package a prosthetic restoration that is uniquely suited to you.