Patient-specific design in oral surgery refers to the use of cutting-edge technologies and personalized treatment planning to create surgical solutions uniquely tailored to each patient’s anatomy and specific needs. This approach can be used in various oral surgery procedures, including the design and fabrication of dental implants, surgical guides, prosthetics, and bone grafts.
The patient-specific design process begins with a comprehensive examination and detailed imaging, usually involving 3D scans such as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). These images provide an accurate 3D representation of the patient’s oral and facial structures.
Next, using specialized software, the surgeon or a biomedical engineer designs the surgical solution – whether it be an implant, prosthetic, or surgical guide – to perfectly match the patient’s anatomy and surgical needs. The final design is then manufactured, often using advanced techniques like 3D printing or CAD/CAM milling.
Patient-specific design is transforming the landscape of oral surgery, providing personalized, precise, and effective treatment solutions. This approach leverages advanced technology to improve patient comfort, aesthetics, and surgical outcomes. As always, it’s essential to discuss with your oral surgeon or dentist to understand the benefits of patient-specific design and determine if it’s the right choice for your individual needs.