Nadja Maria da Silva Oliveira Brito, Erik Lafitt Tavares Monteiro, Sergio Charifker Ribeiro Martins, Josuel Raimundo Cavalcante, Rafael Grotta Grempel, José Augusto de Oliveira Neto, and Renata de Souza Coelho Soares
Acta Stomatologica Croatica, Vol 50, Iss 4, Pp 348-353 (2016)
Mandibular Fractures, Maxillofacial Surgery, Three-Dimensional Printing, Dentistry, and RK1-715
Currently, imaging techniques such as Computed Tomography with three-dimensional reconstruction (3D) and Magnetic Resonances are being routinely used in pre-surgical planning in all fields of medicine. Nowadays, virtual three-dimensional images, commonly displayed on two-dimensional surfaces, such as the computer screen, can be used to produce rapidly prototyped models, with excellent dimensional accuracy and fine reproduction of anatomical structures, providing professionals with the ability to use the biomodel in planning and simulating medical and dental procedures (oral and maxillofacial surgery, making individualized facial implants and prostheses, measurements and previous adaptations of prefabricated fixation plates), thus contributing to considerable reductions in surgical time and consequently the duration of anesthesia, minimizing infection risks and reducing hospital costs. In this report, we describe a case of surgical planning and treatment of bilateral atrophic mandibular fracture, in which, for surgical planning, authors used Rapid Prototyping as an adjunct tool, considering the advantages already outlined.