A person may be missing a portion of the face due to a congenital or acquired condition. A congenital condition is one that you are born with, such as a facial cleft. An acquired condition exists as the result of a facial injury or surgery to remove a tumor.
A facial prosthesis is an artificial replacement of an eye, ear, nose or other portion of the face to restore appearance and improve function. The prosthesis is made of medical grade silicone rubber and is custom made to suit the fit and appearance of the individual patient.
An impression is made of the face for a prototype of the prosthesis to determine the right size, shape, and position. In the case of an acquired condition, a photograph before the trauma is requested to use for sculpting references. More than one visit may be needed to complete this process for optimal results.
Color formulas are used to match the natural skin color so the prosthesis can appear lifelike and blend naturally. To hold the prosthesis in place, special skin glues or attachments connecting to small titanium screws or implants placed into the bone may be used.
UT Dentistry offers experts at reconstructing facial structures for functionality and esthetics. As a prosthesis is custom made for each patient, contact our experts to discuss the best treatment plan for you.
The practices below offer this specialty care. Select a practice that best meets your budget and availability for appointments.
We offer comprehensive dental care performed by dental residents who have already received professional dental degrees and are completing advanced training under the supervision of dental faculty.
Average Cost: Fees average 60% of the cost of private practice
Appointment Time: Slightly longer than private practice
Education: Graduate dentists completing advanced training
The Faculty Practice at UT Dentistry is staffed by licensed dentists who are also on faculty at the School of Dentistry. When you receive treatment by dentists from the School of Dentistry, you'll get services and expertise from seasoned professionals who also teach our future dentists. Our office has the feel of a private practice with the resources of a nationally recognized dental school.
Average Cost: Equal to private practice
Appointment Time: Equal to private practice
Education: Faculty dentists