Dr. Gautam R. Jayade of Jayade’s Dental Clinic Hubli, Karnataka, and his team performed a first-of-its-kind surgery for Jawline correction and alignment using 3D Digital Technology.
The surgery encompassed the correction of the crooked face of a young girl who suffered from asymmetric face due to an early childhood injury to the chin. The unique thing about this surgery which makes it one of its kind in this part of the world is that her jaw joints on both sides were replaced with what is called “Patient-Specific Implants (PSI)” which are designed using virtually using a 3D Designing Software.
Addressing the media houses Dr. Gautam Jayade said that a common cause of asymmetry of the face is childhood injury to the lower jaw/jaw joint. A high-impact injury to the chin can in turn cause a fracture of one/both of the jaw joints. In certain children, such a joint fracture causes complications like a fusion of jaw joints to the skull bone. In case of such an eventuality, the child loses its ability to open its mouth partially/completely.
The child thus is unable to maintain good oral hygiene (due to extremely crowded teeth), enjoy all types of food, and needless to say, develop an inferiority complex coupled with low self-esteem/confidence and poor social life.
He further added that satisfactory correction of facial asymmetry is often a great challenge and involves multispecialty and staged approaches. The use of Software-based Digital Planning & CAD-CAM technology for jawline correction with joint reconstruction is a novel approach that has been undertaken and implemented by the team successfully.
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