Australian woman’s jaw reconstructed with 3D printed titanium implant

In a landmark case, doctors in Australia have restored a woman’s jaw with titanium 3D printing. Susie Robinson from Victoria, required an implant to reconstruct her upper jaw following the results of a car crash nearly thirty years ago.

In a new approach Dr George Dimitroulis, at Epworth Freemasons in East Melbourne, 3D printed a titanium maxilla implant.

48 year-old radio producer, Susie Robinson has had 15 operations over the years to repair her damaged jaw following the crash in 1989. Yet none of the procedures had managed to provide a lasting solution. For the last 15 years, Susie has relied upon dental implants to hold her false teeth in place. However, when these cracked her dentist realized her jaw had deteriorated further and suggested she found a more unorthodox alternative.

By Corey Clarke | 3D Printing Industry

Image Credit:  Dr George Dimitroulis


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