Chapter 8

Patient Matching

Andy H. Choi and Besim Ben-Nissan

Abstract

The ability to extract data from computed tomography (CT) or any other appropriate imaging technology to generate the patient’s own model is already a common practice. For example, by integrating computerized modeling with medical imaging, it would be possible to determine the correct location, configuration, size and number of implants needed to address the patient’s functional and restorative needs. Furthermore, this approach can be used to define the form and mechanical requirements of implants and prostheses employed in the treatment of mandibular and maxillary fractures with fixation and reduction of the fracture obtained with minimal osteosynthesis plate bulk, number and size. This integrated system can be coupled with modern rapid prototyping such as 3D printing and laser sintering to produce superstructures and patient matched dental devices and guides.

Total Pages: 67-75 (9)

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