Anaplastology is the art and science of restoring malformed or absent parts of the human body through artificial means. By combining technical, medical, and artistic skills with patience and compassion, the anaplastologist can create custom-made, lifelike prostheses that fit the needs of each patient. The field of anaplastology functions within the larger medical community, in which cross-disciplinary communication and cooperation is essential in order to provide patients with successful prosthetic restorations and a positive treatment experience.
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Facial and somato prosthetic devices are an essential part in restoring the physical and psychological well-being for patients with missing or disfigured anatomical structures due to congenital abnormalities, trauma, or disease such as head and neck cancer.
Patients may be able to gain renewed function, aesthetics, and a sense of confidence after receiving a prosthetic ear, eye, nose, finger, or hand.
This restoration of self-esteem is an invested accomplishment for both the patient and anaplastologist or maxillofacial prosthodontist.
Examples of Facial Prosthetic Restorations
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The primary goal of prosthetic rehabilitation is to help patients improve their quality of life and uphold their self-image during their traumatic psychological adjustment.
A truly successful prosthesis may go unnoticed, allowing patients to go about life without drawing attention to that aspect of their physical appearance.
Each patient's prosthesis is unique in its design, makeup and method of retention. Patients presenting with adequate bone quality and compliance may be candidates for osseointegrated implant retained prostheses.
Titanium implants, similar to dental implants are surgically placed in the bone and used to anchor the silicone prosthesis with bar and clip, or magnet retention. This retention method makes the prosthesis more stable, aesthetic and durable.
Due to the uniqueness of each patient's needs, it is important that their treatment plan for reconstruction is developed with the expertise of various members of a craniofacial team.