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New virtual surgical planning enables full-jaw reconstruction in a single surgery

By Surgical Tribune
October 12, 2016

ROCK HILL, S.C., USA: 3D Systems Healthcare, a developer of surgical planning and clinical transfer tools, has introduced a new groundbreaking reconstruction solution. Jaw in a Day allows for immediate placement of a provisional dental prosthesis during a single-stage free tissue transfer jaw reconstruction surgery. The surgical planning, along with guide and prosthetic designs, is completed using the latest CAD/CAM technology. The new treatment method spares patients months of treatment.

Conventional dental rehabilitation requires multiple surgeries and ongoing care over a six- to 12-month period. This pattern of procedures often results in patients lacking teeth, which has a number of adverse aesthetic, functional and psychological effects on the patient. This can in turn interfere with the patient’s work and social life throughout the course of treatment.

Jaw in a Day is a single-surgery jaw and dental reconstruction enabled via 3D Systems’ Virtual Surgical Planning Reconstruction service. Surgeons work with the company’s engineers, who utilize state-of the-art digital CAD/CAM technology to create a personalized surgical plan and design patient-specific surgical guides, models and instruments. These devices are then 3-D printed and sterilized for reference and use during the unique procedure. Immediate placement of a provisional dental prosthesis eliminates the need for multiple surgeries, resulting in a complete dental reconstruction months before conventional treatment options can achieve this.

According to 3D Systems, Jaw in a Day offers treatment at a lower cost and with a quicker recovery period. Because the operating time is limited to a single procedure, the solution reduces the possibility of infection and complications that may inherently be more likely with the multiple surgeries required with conventional treatment.

“This single-stage reconstruction technique has streamlined the treatment of my patients. It avoids multiple procedures, shaving months off the time required for full dental rehabilitation,” stated Dr. David L. Hirsch, Director of Oral Oncology and Reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, and co-developer of Jaw in a Day.

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