Use of a three-dimensional custom-made porous titanium prosthesis for mandibular body reconstruction
Q. Qassemyar, N. Assouly, S. Temam, F. Kolb
Int. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2017; 46: 1248–1251
The progress made in recent years in the field of head and neck bone reconstruction is directly related to technological advancements made in computeraided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and three-dimensional printing in particular. Today these technologies are mainly used in mandibular reconstruction to manufacture aids for harvesting and shaping bone flaps. However problems remain when addressing patients with a contraindication to microsurgery who need extensive bone reconstruction. For these patients who cannot benefit from vascularized bone grafts, surgeons have to find alternative solutions aimed at maintaining best function and aesthetics. The goal of this article is to present an original method for mandibular body replacement with custom made porous titanium prostheses in patients ineligible for a bone free flap. This solution has been used for two patients with an intraoral approach, resulting in no visible scars, with simple postoperative care of a short duration. This innovative solution represents an additional option for the treatment of complex mandibular reconstructions.
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