If you have lost a tooth, a titanium dental implant can be used to replace it, but what if your entire jaw is missing? Now it turns out that this may not be so big a problem, after all, either. With the aid of 3D printers, dentists in Israel have announced that they custom-made an entirely new jaw for a victim of the war in Syria.
The patient had been fighting in Syria when he received a terrible injury to the jaw. A bullet had essentially destroyed his entire jaw. He was left unable to eat or speak as a result. Treating his injury was therefore very urgent. He was brought by the Israeli army to Rambam surgery in the northern city of Haifa.
Doctors at the hospital knew that dentists had been having great success printing dental implants and other types of dental restorations. They decided to try something very ambitious: printing an entirely new jaw. They reached out to a local manufacturer of traditional dental restorations, AB Dental, which also had a 3D printer capable of making the synthetic jaw out of titanium, the material preferred for dental implants and other bone replacements.
Digital imaging was used to measure what remained of the man’s jaw, but there were many places where too much was gone. Instead of measurements, surgeons had to rely on statistical data to estimate a reasonable measurement for the man’s jaw.
The operation was a success. One day after the new jaw was put in place, the man was talking and eating.
As we are learning the potential of technologies that are already available, we are discovering that the future of implant dentistry is likely to be even more amazing. Once we can create an entirely new synthetic jaw for patients, there is nearly no limit to what we will be able to do for our patients.
Although we don’t replace our patients’ entire jaw, we do offer advanced dental implants at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics. If you are looking for a dental implant in Spokane, please call 509-368-7788 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788