1Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Quirón Dexeus University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
2Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Plato Clinic, Barcelona, Spain
3Departament of Biology, Healthcare and Environment, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain
*Corresponding author: Antoni Arcas, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Quirón Dexeus University Hospital, Maxilo Dexeus Barcelona, Sabino de Arana, 5-9, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Received Date: 20 October, 2020; Accepted Date: 26 October, 2020; Published Date: 31 October, 2020
Mandibular angle augmentation is a procedure that, despite its obvious aesthetic and reconstructive indications, is not routinely performed, even by experienced surgeons. We present a case series of 10 patients treated with custom-made mandibular or inferior border prostheses for aesthetic concerns and sequelae following trauma or orthognathic surgery. Customized implants were designed with CAD/CAM technology, milled from Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and 3D-printed implant placement guides were used. Ten patients (6 men and 4 women) were included; median age was 36.5 years (28-45 years). Indications for surgery were aesthetics (5 cases) and postoperative sequelae (4 orthognathic surgery and 1 mentoplasty).
No significant early complications occurred, except edema and small bruises. Three patients developed wound dehiscence and prosthesis exposure, which closed spontaneously after 2-3 weeks, except one case that required a slight reduction of the upper edge of the prosthesis. No prostheses required removal. After the initial healing period there were no exposures or any late-onset infections or prosthesis intolerance. The use of customized PEEK prostheses together with tooth-supported guides provides treatment that is safe, easier surgically and more reliable. More experience is needed to define bone beauty standards to achieve the desired aesthetic results.
Customized implants; Mandibular angle augmentation; Polyetheretherketone (PEEK); Polyamide guides; 3D design; 3D printing