J Oral Med Oral Surg
Volume 27, Number 1, 2021
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||08 December 2020|
Up-to Date Review And Case Report
Rapid prototyping: applications in oral and maxillofacial surgery
Department of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Hospital of Perugia, Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, 06132 Perugia, Italy
2 Department of Medicine, Section of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, University of Siena, Viale Bracci, 53100 Siena, Italy
3 Department of Medicine, University of Perugia, Piazzale Gambuli 1, 06129 Perugia, Italy
4 Paediatric Dentistry Post-graduate School, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”,Via Montpellier 1, Roma, Italy
5 Department of Surgery and Biomedical Sciences, Section of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, University of Perugia, Piazzale Gambuli 1, 06129 Perugia, Italy
* Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 26 August 2020
This article documents four mandibular reconstructions performed using free fibula flaps. CT scan DICOM (Digital Imaging and COmmunication in Medicine) files were obtained in order to print stereolithographic models of the mandible, and in one case cutting guides for fibular osteotomies. One case study details the treatment a cancer recurrence on a right emimandibulectomy. Because of a lack of access to previous CT scans, the left part of the mandible was mirrored to obtain an accurate 3D model. In one case, due to the young age of the woman, a double barrel fibula flap was used. All cases resulted in satisfactory chewing function and aesthetic outcome, with no flap failures. The report concludes that Virtual Planning and Rapid Prototyping are helpful as they reduce costs and intraoperative times while simultaneously improving surgical precision.
Key words: Mandibular reconstruction / rapid prototyping / stereolithographic model
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