Case report from the September/October 2014 issue of The International Journal of Prosthodontics shows how CAD/CAM technology can be used in removable prosthodontics.
Fabricating an Obturator Using Rapid Prototyping to Design the Framework: A Case Report
Min-Soo Kim, DDS/Jeong-Yol Lee, DMD, MSc, PhD/Sang-Wan Shin, DDS, MPH, PhD, MSc
Abstract: Congenital or acquired maxillary defects cause various esthetic and functional problems. Maxillary deficiency can be prosthetically restored with an obturator. Computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology, which had been used exclusively in fixed prosthodontics, is now being more widely used in other fields, including removable prosthodontics, after the introduction of software and availability of a comprehensive solution for designing and manufacturing a removable partial denture (RPD). The rapid prototyping (RP) technique enables precise fabrication of the RPD framework in a shorter time period compared to conventional methods. This case report describes the fabrication of an obturator using the RP technique in a patient who underwent hemimaxillectomy of the soft palate. Int J Prosthodont 2014;27:439–441. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3838
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