A primary focus of iRSM’s work is bone-integrated implant biotechnology to reconstruct and attach lost features of the head and neck. Artificial parts, called prostheses, are created from synthetic materials. Whenever possible, autogeneous reconstruction, a technique utilizing a patient’s own tissues, is used to reconstruct missing features.
Dental Laboratory Technology training provides a Osseointegration Technologist with the skills to assist the Prosthodontist or Anaplastologist in the construction of an implant retained prostheses which can either be for IO (intraoral, inside the oral environment) or EO (extraoral, outside the oral environment). Advanced technology application within the Osseointegration Laboratory allows more accurate and timely construction of prosthetics. iRSM’s team uses the expertise of its specialists in determining which reconstruction avenue would be more advantageous to the patient; the patient’s views are an essential component of the process. The Osseointegration Laboratory uses advanced technologies like RP (rapid prototyping) to construct surgical guides for the use in autogeneous reconstruction.
Anaplastology is the art of making whole by artificial means. Features of the face which are lost due to cancer, birth defects and trauma can be artificially created using synthetic materials, such as acrylic and silicone. The resulting detachable facial prosthesis is attached to the patient using bone-integrated implant technology. In cases when implants are not recommended, adhesive retained prostheses can be constructed.
The Anaplastologist has training in both art and science and has the skills to create lifelike silicone prostheses for the EO (extraoral, outside the oral environment) patient. Together with the other members of the iRSM team, the Osseointegration Technologist and the Anaplastologist use advanced technology to construct facial prostheses in a more accurate and timely fashion. Each prosthesis is individually designed to match the anatomy and skin tone of the EO patient. The patient is an integral part of the treatment process and is encouraged to give the Anaplastologist feedback during the construction of the prosthesis.