The dream of made-to-order medical devices is now a reality at Epworth Freemasons, where six patients have been fitted with 3D printed jaw parts that include three or more teeth attached.
The new technology means that patients need undergo only one surgical procedure, usually taking approximately an hour, in which both the 3D jaw part and their new teeth are fitted..
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Mr George Dimitroulis said today that the new procedure sets the teeth in place, fixed to the titanium 3D printed device, in an operation that takes approximately one hour.
Dr Dimitroulis reports all patients had long term conditions or injury that resulted in loss of teeth and subsequent erosion of the jawbone.
“My patient Susie (pictured in theatre photo) had a nasty car accident in 1989 and lost a large part of her top jaw together with numerous teeth. She underwent complex bone graft reconstructive surgery 10 years ago, but this failed at the end of last year. She has worn a cumbersome denture since then until her operation on 14 March,” Mr Dimitroulis said.
“Three days after the surgery, she reported feeling very well and experiencing little pain. She was taking care with rinsing her mouth, but otherwise able to clean the teeth on the other side of her mouth.
“This cannot be compared with the process of having to wait months for bone grafts to strengthen the jaw so that new teeth can be inserted, as is currently the case with dental implants.
“This high tech medical implant allows full dental rehabilitation in cancer and trauma patients who have missing teeth and insufficient jaw bone to support conventional dentures and dental implants,” he added.
Called the Osseoframe, the new device was conceived, developed and manufactured in Australia by Dr Dimitroulis and a team of designers, engineers and prosthodontists.
Mr Dimitroulis founded the small Melbourne start-up company, OMX Solutions, which makes the device. He reports that his ideas for 3D devices would have gone overseas had it not been for the support of Epworth Freemasons and financial assistance from the federal government, for which he is grateful.
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3D printing and cutting-edge surgery give Susie something to smile about, The Age, 30 March 2017
Victorian woman gets 3D-printed jawbone implant, ABC News, 30 March 2017