Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg.  2015 Jan;37(1):1. 10.1186/s40902-015-0001-9.

Selective laser melted titanium implants: a new technique for the reconstruction of extensive zygomatic complex defects

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, "Iuliu Hatieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Str. Motilor Nr. 33, 400001 Cluj-Napoca, Romania. hrotaru@yahoo.com
  • 2School of Life Sciences, Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Muttenz, Switzerland.
  • 3Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung, South Korea.

Abstract

The restoration of extensive zygomatic complex defects is a surgical challenge owing to the difficulty of accurately restoring the normal anatomy, symmetry, proper facial projection and facial width. In the present study, an extensive post-traumatic zygomatic bone defect was reconstructed using a custom-made implant that was made with a selective laser melting (SLM) technique. The computer-designed implant had the proper geometry and fit perfectly into the defect without requiring any intraoperative adjustments. A one-year follow-up revealed a stable outcome with no complications.

Keyword

Selective laser melting; Custom-made; Titanium implant; Zygoma reconstruction

MeSH Terms

Follow-Up Studies
Freezing
Titanium*
Titanium
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