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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 300-304

Bridging form and function: A bilateral auricular prosthesis

Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Army Dental Center (Research and Referral), New Delhi, India

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Ayush Srivastava
Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Army Dental Center (Research and Referral), New Delhi - 110 010
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jips.jips_546_21

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Unfortunate loss or absence of an ear has a far-reaching impact on an individual psyche. Auricular defects are seen commonly due to trauma, congenital abnormalities, and malignancies which result in disfigurment of the pinna. Rehabilitation of an auricular defect with a custom-made auricular prosthesis improves social acceptance and self-confidence in an individual. Auricular defects present reconstructive challenges, especially if they are bilateral. Surgical reconstruction provides effective results for defects; however, for some patients, surgical intervention is contraindicated. This case report describes an innovative technique to rehabilitate patients with auricular defects with mixed hearing loss and bilateral microtia using a multidisciplinary approach. The patient was provided with a functional auricular prosthesis. The prime purpose of the treatment rendered was to restore the lost auricular structure to the patient's satisfaction comfortably and cost-effectively. An early rehabilitation promotes physical as well as psychological healing of the patient.

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