Implanted for the first time: 3-D printed jaw and teeth
The innovative technology permits to reconstruct a jaw in a precise manner and to reduce by almost a half the time of operation that so far lasted about six hours.
At the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the Padeh Medical Center in Tiberias, the implantation has been carried out for the first time of lower jaw and teeth printed and manufactured by means of three-dimensional technology.
For a long time, Gad Pirani from Kibbutz Nir David suffered from ulcerations and wounds in his jaw caused by premalignant mouth ulcer, and for that reason he was in the last years put under observation at the said department. About two years ago, it turned out that the ulcer located on the right side of the lower jaw had become a malignant cancerous lesion, and Gad underwent the tumor resection. At that time a conventional reconstruction was carried out of the jaw without teeth. As time passed, infections had developed in the reconstructed jaw, and it was therefore decided by Dr. Amad Abu El-Naaj, head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the Padeh – Poriya Medical Center, and Dr. Avi Tuag, senior physician at the same department, to perform the jaw reconstruction using an innovative method. With the assistance of AB Dental Company, they planned and performed a 3-D printout of the reconstructed jaw complete with the lower teeth.
The innovative technology makes it possible to reconstruct a jaw in a precise manner and to reduce by almost a half the time of operation that so far lasted about six hours. As a result, after two years without teeth Gad is now able to return to a normal life.