UC San Diego Health, in collaboration with Navy Medical Center San Diego, has successfully implemented a pioneering jaw reconstruction surgery using 3D printed teeth. The patient, Felix Ung, a recent graduate, underwent this unique procedure due to a cyst that significantly damaged his lower jaw.
The surgical team, consisting of specialists from UC San Diego Health and the Navy, executed a complex operation involving the removal of a large part of Ung’s jaw and replacing it with a segment of his leg bone, fashioned into a new jaw. This procedure was complemented with dental implants and 3D printed teeth. The innovative use of 3D printing in dental restoration marked a first for UC San Diego Health.
This surgery highlights the potential of 3D printing in medical applications, particularly in customizing prosthetics and implants for patients. The precision and customization offered by 3D printing technology were crucial in ensuring both functional and aesthetic success in Ung’s case. The procedure allowed for a rapid recovery, enabling Ung to attend his graduation just two weeks post-surgery and continue his pursuit of a law career.
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