Silicone nasal prostheses are sometimes necessary for aesthetic reasons, respiratory function, and social relationship recovery. Because medical adhesives and mechanical support (e.g., eyeglasses) may not function properly, osseointegrated craniofacial implants are the best method for retaining nasal prostheses. However, an implant-supported nasal prosthesis takes a long time to manufacture and patients require an acceptable aesthetic appearance as soon as possible. Therefore, an eyeglasses-supported nasal prosthesis may be a temporary solution and may need to be part of the permanent prosthesis when insufficient bone exists for implant placement. This article discusses a new protocol for making an immediate provisional eyeglasses-supported nasal prosthesis with use of laser scanning, computer-assisted technology, and virtual modeling. This protocol reduces design and manufacturing time and nasal prostheses costs compared with traditional methods.
Volume 47 Number 7, 2010
Pages 595 — 604
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