Ear Prosthesis

 

A natural appearing ear with appropriate projection from the head remains a great challenge in the reconstruction of the ear. Surgical and prosthetic means have been addressed in the management of patients with microtia, with each carrying its own merits and demerits. Lack of adequate projection of the ear and adhesion of tissues are some common complications of reconstructive surgery that can adversely affect the treatment outcome. We use a technique for the fabrication of a postsurgical stent to prevent adhesion of the surgically reconstructed ear to the underlying tissues. This also enhances the projection of the ear from the head.

Auricular (Ear) prosthesis seems far afield from dentistry, however it uses many of the same techniques. Prosthodontists at Cleveland Clinic perform this and many other unusual prosthetic services.