3D printing takes the dental industry by storm.
The team at Dawood and Tanner created a patient-specific 3D printed model of a patient’s fibular to plan for a mandible reconstruction.
Since adopting 3D printing, Dr. Andrew Dawood and his team have elevated treatment for all their patients. Many procedures use 3D printed implant and surgical guides as integral parts of the treatments. The ability to plan surgery using a 3D printed model allows for minimally invasive procedures, reduced operation times and improved patient care. But what makes these models particularly unique is their realistic hard and soft tissue and differentiation between bone, teeth and gums.
Highly precise and anatomically accurate, the 3D printed models and customized surgical guides are produced within hours of the patient’s first visit. Producing surgical guides in a variety of colors and textures lets surgeons prepare for complex surgeries ahead of time, resulting in less-invasive surgical procedures, more accurate surgical planning and improved patient satisfaction.
That’s why Dawood and Tanner chose an Objet260 Dental Selection™ for their in-house 3D printing, to take advantage of its multi-color, multi-material capabilities. “With an in-house 3D printing solution that can produce 3D printed models overnight and unsupervised, we can ensure an accurate model is created within hours. This means that we can now see a patient on a Monday morning and have an accurate, tailored and specific treatment plan based on a 3D printed model of the affected area the very next day,” Dawood says. Planning advanced maxillofacial dental surgery is one way Dawood and Tanner employ their printer. When preparing for advanced surgeries such as a mandible reconstruction, visibility of the impacted area and practice are essential.
Expert surgical planning.
“As we move forward, I can see our 3D printer enabling us to better train staff and surgeons of the future, and ultimately becoming even more integral to all aspects of the dentistry we practice. From multi-material, multi-color surgical guides, to prosthodontic models and anatomical models, the Objet260 Dental Selection provides us with the utmost flexibility and fits perfectly into our pristine dental environment,” Dawood concludes.