3-D printing designs new jaw for cancer patient

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  A 41-year-old Indian man got a new upper jaw and teeth thanks to 3-D printing.

Posted: January 11, 2014

Although 3-D printers sound like a page pulled from a science fiction novel, the new-age device is already beginning to work wonders in the oral health community. 

In October 2014, an Indian cancer patient had a large section of his palate removed after undergoing surgery to surgically remove a tumor. With the help of 3-D printing, the man has been given a new set of teeth. 

The surgery left the nose and sinus to the oral cavity exposed in the 41-year-old patient. He could barely open his mouth and had trouble speaking as well as eating because food would enter his nose. As a result, it was nearly impossible to take an impression to create a prosthetic. 

That's where a 3-D printing company, Osteo3d, a Bangalore-based company that specializes in 3-D printing for health care, entered the picture. The company used a CT scan to develop a three-dimensional reconstruction of the patient's face, including parts of the upper jaw (maxilla) and teeth. The wax model simulated all movements of the jaw joint. After the model was tested on the patient and adjustments were made, doctors made an acrylic impression with added teeth and gave it to the patient.

"In this case, the patient could not open his mouth to get an impression using the conventional method," Deepak Raj, co-founder of df3d, a design factory for 3-D printing and Osteo3d, told DrBicuspid.com. "This was our first application for a maxillofacial application - a live case with a tangible benefit to the patient." 

3-D printing may very well be the future of oral health for patients suffering extreme problems that normal procedures can not handle.

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