Custom-made mandibular implant
non-absorbable

custom-made mandibular implant
custom-made mandibular implant
custom-made mandibular implant
custom-made mandibular implant
custom-made mandibular implant
custom-made mandibular implant
custom-made mandibular implant
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Characteristics

Type of implant
custom-made
Resorbability
non-absorbable

Description

Xilloc has come out with a world première: Xilloc together with partners from the industry have created the method behind the very first customised 3D-printed lower jaw. The implant procedure was carried out a few months ago on an 83-year old patient with a serious jaw infection. This procedure rescued important vital functions (breathing, speech, chewing, sensation) as well as the aesthetic aspect that would otherwise have been lost. Xilloc worked on this project with the Xios College, the Catholic University of Leuven, the Oral- and Maxillofacial Surgeons of the Orbis Medical Centre Sittard-Geleen (the Netherlands) and LayerWise NV (Leuven – Production). This is the first time that a complete lower jaw has been replaced in a patient by a 3D printed jaw. The 3D printing technique, using a powdered metal, is ideally suited for producing this type of patient-specific implant. The fact that the technique can now be used for a complete lower jaw implant is unique. “The introduction of printed implants can be compared to man’s first venture on the moon: a cautious, but firm step,” says Professor Jules Poukens of BIOMED.

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