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Jaw in a Day: Total Maxillofacial Reconstruction Using Digital Technology

Levine, Jamie P. M.D.; Bae, Jin Soo D.D.S., M.D.; Soares, Marc M.D.; Brecht, Lawrence E. D.D.S.; Saadeh, Pierre B. M.D.; Ceradini, Daniel J. M.D.; Hirsch, David L. D.D.S., M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: June 2013 - Volume 131 - Issue 6 - p 1386–1391
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31828bd8d0
Pediatric/Craniofacial: Ideas and Innovations

Background: Tumors of the mandible are complex, often requiring replacement of bone, soft tissue, and teeth. The fibula flap has become a routine procedure in large tumors of the jaw, providing bone and soft tissue at the time of the resection. In current practice, dental reconstruction is delayed for 3 to 6 months, leaving the patient without teeth in the interim. This can be disfiguring and anxiety provoking for the patient.

Methods: In this article, the authors present three patients with benign tumors of the mandible who underwent virtually guided resection, fibula reconstruction, and insertion of an implant-retained dental prosthesis in one operation. In addition, the authors report their early experience using this technique in the maxilla.

Results: The authors present a case series of three patients with benign mandibular tumors and one patient with a benign maxillary tumor who underwent total reconstruction using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology in a single stage.

Conclusions: In the right situation, total mandibular reconstruction is possible in a single stage. This is demonstrated by the successful outcomes of these patients.


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New York, N.Y.

From the Departments of Plastic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Microsurgery, and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, New York University Medical Center; and Plastic Surgery, Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Received for publication August 10, 2012; accepted December 5, 2012.

Disclosure:None of the authors has any financial incentives or other conflicts of interest with the companies mentioned in this article.

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