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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 165-168

Fabrication of a glove type finger prosthesis using silicone elastomers

Department of Prosthodontics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Saurabh Lall
Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar-201 201, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.49023

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Finger and partial finger amputations are some of the most frequently encountered forms of partial hand loss. The most common causes of these amputations are trauma, congenital absence or malformations. All of these may present similar clinical challenges. Maxillofacial Prosthodontics is an art and science which provides a lifelike appearance to the lost structures of the patient. Prosthetic restoration is usually considered difficult for the whole or a part of the finger and it worsens if multiple fingers are involved. Conventional semi-custom finger prosthesis centrally fabricated of polyvinyl-chloride is often rejected due to poor aesthetics and the tendency to stain. Rejection is frustrating to the patient as well as the prosthodontist. A case report has been presented, where a custom made glove type prosthesis, comfortable in use and aesthetically acceptable to the patient was fabricated using Silicon Elastomers.

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