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When a person's ears are disfigured due to birth defects or a traumatic injury or accident, an ear reconstruction procedure
can return their appearance to normalcy. One of the methods for transforming the flaw into a more normal look is by utilizing
a medical device called an implant. ocular prosthetics
The type of medical device suitable for this region is a craniofacial implant. This device is similar to those used in dental
work. Prosthesis is made and permanently attached with a process that entails firmly securing it to the region surgically.
Craniofacial implants are used in the nose, eye, ear and mouth region. During a dental procedure, the implants are false
teeth and are anchored into the jawbone, while the alternate operations attach the prosthetic devices to the bones of the
appropriate location. When this procedure is performed in the ear region, the medical terminology for the process is referred
to as an auricular reconstruction.
This procedure is a multi-stepped one in which the phases must be carried out by a reputable reconstructive plastic surgeon
skilled in auricular reconstruction. The steps of this procedure are performed in a hospital or clinical setting and take several
hours to complete over a period of time. A general anesthetic or local with a sedative will be used in order to keep the
patient comfortable during the operations.The first step is to install anchors in the region. The anchors are made from an
extremely durable material called titanium. Titanium is dark silver or gray in color and won't corrode or wear away. It is quite
hard yet light weight. The titanium anchors are secured to the skull and then allowed to heal for approximately three months.
After healing has occurred, the next step is to attach the prosthetic ear at the site. auricular prosthetics
While this would be the end of the process for some implants, with the ear there are more steps. During the surgical journey,
the patient would also be followed by and attended to by an audiologist. An audiologist is a physician who deals with the
hearing aspect of one's ears. This doctor can often devise a hearing aid that is outfitted into the prosthetic structure, so that
the patient is able to gain hearing ability as well as the improved appearance brought on by the external device.
While these devices are not options for everyone, they can be a wonderful solution, when they are. Certain complications
can arise such as inability of the anchors to fuse properly to the bone, or sometimes there is not enough good quality bone
mass in the skull for it to produce a successful outcome.If a person is interested in obtaining ear reconstruction by using
craniofacial implants, they should make an appointment with a reputable reconstructive plastic surgeon to discuss their