If you have ever been around someone in the midst of jaw reconstruction issues (generally due to tumor removal, whether benign or malignant), then you are aware of how challenging a time it is for them, in terms of speaking, chewing, and living comfortably. Thank goodness for 3D printing and the long list of positive changes the technology is affording, not just to manufacturing and industry, but also to real people who have been suffering from numerous health issues, with some of them very serious.
We’ve previously reported on 3D printing in regards to jaw issues, from tumors being removed with assistance from 3D models, to entire jaws being reconstructed, as well as bioprinted. It would seem that 3D Systems is skipping light years ahead of everyone though, unsurprisingly, as they have substantial resources to devote to the development of such processes that are going to make a huge difference in the lives of many.
Today 3D Systems has announced the launch of their Jaw in a Day process, which will now be integrated into the 3D Systems Virtual Surgical Planning Reconstruction product line. Jaw in a Day is truly revolutionary as it is going to allow surgeons to complete jaw reconstructions in a single surgery. A win all around, this new process is not only much more affordable for the patient, but it means that they are subjected to far less time in treatment, and thus less ongoing pain. According to 3D Systems, dental care and rehabilitation associated with jaw replacement generally means that the patient endures ‘multiple surgeries and persistent care.’ This can go on for up to a year.
“This pattern of procedures often results in patients missing teeth, which introduces a variety of adverse aesthetic, functional, and psychological effects to the patient,” states 3D Systems. “This can in turn interfere with patients’ working and social lives throughout the course of treatment.”
And while these treatments might now be quick, the planning process is still complex and very well thought out as surgeons preparing to do the jaw replacements work with engineers from 3D Systems. Together, they are able to create completely patient-specific care (something you will be hearing about more and more) using digital technology and 3D printing to make guides, models, and instruments. All 3D printed, the devices used are sterilized for both reference and use as the jaw replacement is completed.
“Immediate placement of a provisional dental prosthesis eliminates the need for multiple surgeries, resulting in a complete dental reconstruction months before traditional treatment options,” states the 3D Systems team.
The benefits are numerous, from the affordability angle to the fact that patients recover more quickly and have less chance of developing infections and other complications that can come into play with multiple surgeries and longer treatment plans.
“This single-stage reconstruction technique has streamlined the treatment of my patients,” says David L. Hirsch, DDS, MD, Director of Oral Oncology & Reconstruction, Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health. “It avoids multiple procedures, shaving months off the time required for full dental rehabilitation.”
You can find out more about 3D Systems’ new Jaw in a Day process here. They will also be showcasing the system at #706 at the AAOMS (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) 98th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV, September 21 – 23.
Jaw in a Day is a registered trademark of David L Hirsch. See his video below, which demonstrates a bit more about the new jaw replacement process. Discuss further over in the Jaw in a Day forum at 3DPB.com.