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A Ear prosthesis also known as an auricular prosthesis is a substitute for the ear that has been lost due to birth defects, accidents or surgery.
If you're an individual who has lost either a part or whole of your ear then a prosthetic replacement would be ideal for you. This option prevents the need for further surgery and provides you with much better aesthetic results.
Following implant placement and healing in the region of the ear defect a specialised impression will be taken. A personalised wax mock-up will be fabricated for the defect for your approval. This wax model will be duplicated in a skin like material called silicone. The colour and texture of this silicone will be adjusted to suit your skin tone so that no difference is seen between the defect and the prosthesis.
Implant Bar Retained Prosthesis: An implant bar will be fabricated out of Cobalt Chromium Metal and will be fixed onto the implants. The silicone prosthesis will attach itself onto this bar by the means of elastic clips. This is the most basic means of retention for a ear prosthesis.
Implant Bar Prosthesis retained by Magnets: The implant bar will be fabricated and fixed onto the implants. A set of magnets will be attached to the bar as well as the silicone prosthesis. This makes placement of the prosthesis much easier and increases the lifetime of the prosthesis significantly.
Magnetic Bar Retained Prosthesis: The implant bar itself is made out of a special magnetic alloy (EFM alloy). This makes the entire assembly and prosthesis much more compact allowing a more life like and natural appearance. This is the best form of rehabilitation available.
The prosthesis is made out of a specialised silicone material that is sensitive to UV radiation and moisture.
The oldest known prosthetic was found in Cairo, Egypt. It was estimated that the wood and leather used was nearly 3,000 years old.