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.
What to expect
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.