Surgeons Print 3D Jaw for Surgery in Single Day

Surgeons at the University of Washington (UW) used 3-D computerized design and implant-bone integration technology to rebuild an upper jaw and hard palate both in a single day. The 15-hour procedure, known as an immediate reconstruction and rehabilitation, was performed on May 16 at the UW Medical Center.

“Only a few centers worldwide offer this service,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein of the UW School of Dentistry, who performed the final step of the surgery. The procedure used osseointegration and relied on advanced computer modeling that enabled the surgeons to precisely design a new set of teeth and supporting bone and tissue for an ideal fit.

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