3D PRINTING IN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
*Dr. Anshuman Kar, Dr. Abhishek Dutta, Dr. Nikil Jain, Dr. Nishant Kumar, Dr. Rajib Rudra Paul and Dr. Satish Kumar Ram
Maxillofacial surgery is one of areas that pioneered the use of the 3D printing concept. Patients requiring craniofacial surgery tend to have very specific malformations or deformities. A 3D printing prototype model can greatly assist with preoperative evaluation and intraoperative procedures. Medical modeling in craniofacial surgery based on 3D printing has mainly been developed over the last 15 years and can incorporate aiding in the production of surgical implants and improving surgical planning. The technology of 3D printing is promising and allows for individualized medicine that is currently progressing. Researchers are continuing to improve and develop the deficits seen with tissue 3D bioprinting. Ultimately, 3D printing technology is likely to become, not far from now, an essential tool for maxillofacial, plastic and reconstructive surgeons potentially to improve facial reconstruction surgical outcomes, along with patient satisfaction and the quality of life of patients.
Keywords: 3D printing, Maxillofacial surgery, implants, reconstruction.
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