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Lobe of sound: prosthetic rehabilitation of partial auriculectomy defect
  1. Ashmi Sebastian,
  2. Sanjayagouda B Patil,
  3. Anantha N Sundararajan and
  4. Lakkappa S Ganiger
  1. Department of Prosthodontics, Sri Hasanamba Dental College and Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sanjayagouda B Patil; sbpatilmanu{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Loss of facial organs in an individual may be due to congenital anomalies or acquired causes. The missing parts of the face like ear, eyes and nose are considered as maxillofacial defects that can be rehabilitated by a prosthesis and/or cosmetic surgeries. This frontier of science has developed into a more reliable and predictable process due to the ever-increasing development of materials and equipments used in this procedure. The fabrication of an ear prosthesis is considered by many prosthetists to be one of the most difficult replacements in maxillofacial reconstruction. The severe undercuts and pronounced convolutions of the ear present a challenge in simulating a naturally proportioned prosthesis. Proper assessment of the disfigured facial organs and a feasible approach to rehabilitating them has for long been the target of clinical maxillofacial prosthodontics. This report describes a simple and engrossing technique to rehabilitate a patient with a partial auricular defect in the most aesthetic and economical manner using medical-grade room temperature vulcanising silicone.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • rehabilitation medicine
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  • Contributors AS and SBP conceived the presented idea. AS and ANS acquited past data and reviewed the available literature. ANS and LSG did the study conception and designed the entire treatment protocol. AS performed the treatment procedures. SBP supervised the findings and the treatment procedures. ANS drafted the manuscript. SBP and LSG did the critical revision. All authors read and approved upon the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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