A 64-year-old man from Tiberias, Israel, has become one of the first people in the country, and even in the world, to receive a 3D printed jaw prosthetic thanks to maxillofacial surgeons at the Baruch Padeh Medical Center and 3D printing specialists from A.B. Dental. The titanium 3D printed implant was custom-made for the patient and dramatically reduced both his operation and recovery time, while significantly improving his post-surgery quality of life.
David Goldstein, a resident of Tiberias, initially came to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with complaints that he was suffering from non-specific pain in his jaw. A series of tests soon confirmed that he had a large metastatic tumor, measuring close to half an inch, in the back of his jaw.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, metastatic tumors in the oro-facial region are quite rare, accounting for only 1-1.5% of all malignant oral tumors, and can be very difficult to treat. At the same time, such tumors can grow rapidly, leading to pain, difficulty chewing, and disfigurement.
“Surgery of metastasis in the jaw are not commonly done,” said Dr. Imad Abu al-Naag, head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department in Poriya. “On the other hand, we know that an oncological treatment—radiation and chemotherapy—don’t solve the [missing jaw tissue] problem. So, after consulting with the oncologists at Rambam and Sheba hospitals, we decided to make the rare move in such a case and perform surgery.”
Knowing this would be a complex and unique case, the medical team turned to A.B. Dental, a company that specializes in producing custom-made dental implants using cutting-edge technologies, including computerized implant planning, 3D printed surgical guides, and metal 3D printed implants made using SLS technology.
Just earlier this year, A.B. Dental used its 3D printing medical expertise to rebuild an injured Syrian man’s face.
Using 3D medical imaging, A.B. Dental was able to create an exact titanium replica of Goldstein’s healthy jaw, which was implanted with no complications. “It’s the best treatment available around the world today,” said Dr. Avi Toueg, a senior member of the department.
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