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Individual prostheses and resection templates for mandibular resection and reconstruction

British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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DOI: 10.1016/s0266-4356(97)90718-x
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Abstract This new technique uses helical computed tomography data and computer-aided design and manufacturing for preoperative fabrication of individual mandibular prostheses together with corresponding resection templates. Coherent 3D geometries for computer-based models are the basis for the construction of prostheses and provide data for a computerized numerical control fabrication. Fixation plates are fabricated with the titanium prostheses. The identical data of these plates are used for the computer-aided design and manufacturing of resection templates, which guide an oscillating saw in a precisely determined resection plane. This plane again is identical with the prostheses' margins for mandibular body replacement. The use of this technique in four patients is reported on: after temporary insertion of the templates for resection and after resection, the prostheses were stabilized with the same screws in the same screw-holes where the templates had been. Resection and reconstruction were thus highly precise, safe and fast and primarily led to excellent aesthetic and functional results. Wound-healing depends on a safe soft-tissue reconstruction over these large prostheses. Coverage with flaps seems obligatory. In spite of the superior technical aspects, the clinical long-term results of this new technique were poor.

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