What is a maxillofacial prosthetist
Is a specialist that rehabilitates through aesthetic, functional and orthopedic prostheses those patients who have lost a portion of the skull, face, mouth or some other body parts with biocompatible materials.
When it is recommended to use prosthesis
Prosthetic rehabilitation is performed when patients are not candidates for reconstructive surgery due to health conditions, age, extent of organ to reconstruct or simply do not wish to undergo more surgeries.
What is a prosthesis?
Is an artificial device that replaces a disfigured, malformed or loss part of the body. Its main objective is to restore the form and function of the involved area, also protects sensitive tissues and restores lost functions and self-esteem.
How long does a facial prosthesis last
All prostheses will degrade after time. It is a normal process due to absorption of body fluids and environmental substances. This usually occurs in approximately two years, but it varies according to the patient´s environment.
How long after surgery it is recommended to wear a prosthesis
You can wear a prosthetic eye once the healing process is complete, but it is extremely important that at time of surgery and during healing period an orthopedic treatment is performed to mold ocular tissues to its best possible features, otherwise the tissues can deform and decrease the aesthetic results and mobility of a future prosthesis.
What are the benefits of wearing a prosthesis
Patients often fall into depression after losing a body part, so the aesthetic and functional benefits collaborate to raise self-esteem and recover lost functions. In cranial prosthesis, helps alleviating various symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, etc. A prosthetic eye will prevent tissue deformation. Intraoral prostheses restore and improve eating, swallowing, breathing, communicating, etc.
Is there an age limit to wear a prosthesis
It doesn´t exist an age limit and you can wear it from one month old.
What options exists to rehabilitate or reconstruct a large facial defect
When a patient has undergone surgery involving extensive facial regions, there are two options: reconstructive surgery and prosthetic rehabilitation. But it is very important that you are aware of potential risks, prognosis and have the advice of trained professionals as well. A plastic surgery reconstructs many structures of short extent, but it is important to know that to reach acceptable results you must undergo repeated surgeries. With prosthetic rehabilitation, an external biocompatible device is manufactured, it does not include invasive procedures and better yet the whole process is reversible without harm or permanent changes. But above all, you must remember, all cases and patients are different, so we suggest you consult with qualified professionals and finally you make a decision after knowing all viable options and possible risks.
What options exist to retain facial prostheses
The options vary depending on the patient´s medical history, involved structures, exposed tissues and available budget. But the prosthesis can be retained by anatomical means, medical grade adhesives, osseointegrated implants or some other accessories. Not all options work the same way for all patients, it is important determine the best option for you according to your medical history.
Are the materials used on prostheses safe
Every material used to prostheses manufacture is biocompatible, which means that they have been highly studied and proved for its interaction with human tissues.
How often should I attend the clinic to check my prosthesis
For intraoral and facial prosthesis, you must attend every 6 months.
For prosthetic eyes, it varies between 0-3 years old, every 2 months; from 4 to 10 years old, every 6 months; from 10 years old up, 1 time a year.
All prostheses should be changed periodically for health reasons and welfare of the surrounding tissues.
Do I need to have more than one prosthesis
It is not necessary, but some patients feel more secure knowing that they can wear another prosthesis instantly, if something happened to the usual prosthesis.
Where I can buy to give cleaning implements, retention, etc. my prosthesis
We can provide all the equipment necessary for the maintenance and care of your prosthesis, we bring the best implements of various countries around the world for your prosthesis may have a longer life.
Can I continue on a normal life after an aggressive surgery
surgeries that involved large and important regions, it is strongly recommended to receive psychological support to cope with the loss and adapt with the change that this will entail. Also prosthetic rehabilitation will allow you to return to your normal activities.
What are osseointegrated implants
Implants are titanium devices placed within the bone by surgical means. They are used to give intraoral and facial prostheses strong, stable and comfortable retention.
What advantages are on implant retained prostheses
There are many advantages. It eliminates the periodically purchase of extra accessories to retain prostheses, avoid the use of less stable retention devices. But the most notable advantage is the comfort that the patient will get.