A cancer patient who was forced to have a section of his upper jaw removed has been given an entirely new set of teeth built by a 3D printer. The 41-year-old man, from Bangalore, India, was left unable to eat or speak properly after undergoing the operation when he was diagnosed with mouth cancer. It also left him with large gaps in his teeth that made him feel self-conscious about his appearance.
But he is now able to use his mouth with greater ease after a team of scientists used a 3D printer to model and build the section of his jaw that was removed. The patient had to undergo the surgery in order to remove the cancer in the roof of his mouth. He experienced further complications after developing radiation-induced lockjaw following six weeks of radiotherapy treatment.
The condition, which limited his ability to open his mouth, affected his eating and his speech. The upper jaw surgery also had a severe impact on his appearance. Dentists were reluctant to give him any sort of implant, as taking an impression and producing a mould proved problematic given his inability to open his mouth. But a local company that specialises in 3D printing for healthcare became involved in the patient’s case.
Using a CT scan to create a 3D reconstruction of the patient’s face, the company, Osteo3D, printed a replica of the patient’s mouth, complete with lower and upper jaw, the defect and his teeth.
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