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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 6 ( November-December, 2014 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Osseointegrated Silicone Finger Prosthesis using Dental Implants: A Renovated Technique

Dileep Nag Vinnakota, V Vijay Sankar, Naveen Chirumamilla, V Vamsikrishna Reddy

Citation Information : Vinnakota DN, Sankar VV, Chirumamilla N, Reddy VV. Osseointegrated Silicone Finger Prosthesis using Dental Implants: A Renovated Technique. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014; 15 (6):818-820.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1624

Published Online: 01-12-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim and background

In clinical practice, we come across patients with traumatically amputated or congenitally missing partial or complete fingers that can be restored using microsurgical replantation or transplantation procedures. However, in some cases this might not be possible due to systemic or local factors and the lost or missing part has to be replaced prosthetically to offer psychological and functional wellbeing. These prostheses can be constructed with various materials like acrylics or silicone retained with the help of auxiliary aids. However, these prostheses cause some hindrance in performing functions like writing, typing, etc. The aim of the present trial was to ameliorate the existing design of implant supported finger prosthesis.

Technique

Distal phalange of middle finger replaced with implant supported silicone finger prosthesis is modified by utilizing a metal framework to support silicone material to improve rigidity while working.

Conclusion and clinical significance

We could achieve a good function, esthetics and tactile sensibility with this modified design. Whenever, feasible this design can improve the performance and patients feel a deep sense of satisfaction and improved self-esteem with this modified prosthesis.

How to cite this article

Vinnakota DN, Sankar VV, Chirumamilla N, Reddy VV. Osseointegrated Silicone Finger Prosthesis using Dental Implants: A Renovated Technique. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014;15(6):818-820.


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