Oral Maxillofacial Technology

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists utilize a variety of technology, such as:

Digital Impressions

Traditionally when dental professionals needed to reproduce the structures of the oral cavity, it required a dental impression using impression material placed inside the mouth. A stone material was then poured in the impression material to produce a stone copy of the oral tissues. This has worked well, but does take time and the impression taking procedure can be uncomfortable for certain individuals. We now have the ability to digitally image the structures of the oral cavity, instantly transferring this information into a digital format to be used for multiple applications. This is accomplished using a small wand that goes into the mouth essentially photographing the structures of the oral cavity. This information is instantly transferred in digital form. This can be transferred to a lab where the restorative Oral Maxillo Specialist can custom design the needed Maxillofacial prosthesis or 3D printers to produce accurate models of the dental structures.

3D printing use in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

3D printing is being used in multiple applications in medicine and industry. This technology has been adapted for use by Oral Maxillofacial surgeons. One of these applications is in the field of pathology. We have always struggled to accurately rebuild missing bony structures that are removed in the process of tumor excision or lost secondarily to trauma. We can now use 3D printing to custom design titanium plates and other materials to accurately help the surgeon maintain or rebuild accurate reproductions of the lost bony structures. This technology combined with new types of bone reconstruction such as BMP saves the patient time and amount of surgery needed to rebuild the bony structures. We can now plan the optimal final result and then work backwards to help the patient to regain function and esthetics after tumor resection.

Utilizing VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) technology

Utilizing VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) technology provides our team with a clear three-dimensional understanding of our patient’s anatomy to develop a strategy prior to entering the operating room. In addition, patient specific sterilizable surgical guides, models and instruments are produced for use during surgery. Not only does VSP reduce the time that a patient spends under anesthesia, it also improves surgical outcomes.

How does VSP work?

Beginning with a patient’s CT scan, a team of biomedical engineers at 3D Systems takes the data and brings it into a three-dimensional environment. Next your surgeon and a biomedical engineer participate in a web meeting where they review the data in a 3D environment and determine the surgical plan. Based on the web meeting, patient-specific guides are designed, manufactured and sent for sterilization and use during surgery. To learn more about VSP please visit: www.3dsystems.com/healthcare.

CBCT (Cone Beam CT)