A revolutionary operation took place in Belgium for the first time. Apparently it is very much of a common problem for the elderly to suffer from bone density problems and chronicle inflammations preventing teeth replacement implants to work. In this case surgeons decided a full jaw replacement can be the best solution.
Dr Kannmann comments: “-Yes, very often by the time a dental patient can save up enough money or makes the decision to have permanent tooth replacement it is too late. The so called dental implants need to be inserted to the jaw bone, if the quality of the bone density becomes spongy it will also make it difficult for the dental implant to anchor. In these cases sometimes traditional bone replacement techniques could work but treatment times are long and in some cases risky. Also this method does not replace the whole jaw, only replaces some of the bone density.”
„Belgian company LayerWise today said that it produced an entire jaw using additive manufacturing, a technique that allows fabricators to make an item directly from a CAD drawing. The transplant demonstrates that precision 3D printing can be effective for both bones and organ implants, the company said” (More http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57372095-76/3d-printer-produces-new-jaw-for-woman/)