An Australian woman has undergone a full jaw reconstruction using 3D printing technology. Back in 1989, Susie Robinson was twenty years old. One night while she was driving with friends her car left the road in a horrific accident. When police arrived on the scene they were shocked to find that everyone in the car had survived. However, they were all left with life-changing scars and injuries. Ms. Robinson suffered from a shattered jaw. Surgeons had to use thirty pins and many meters of wire to hold her jaw together. She also lost her four front teeth.
For years after the accident, Ms. Robinson underwent numerous surgeries to try and fix the problem. Despite this, her jaw was never completely repaired. Therefore, she decided to opt for a new technology. The 3D printer is used to print a perfectly fitting titanium jawbone implant. This is then held in place by micro screws. Once the implant is in place, over time, the natural bone grows around the implant. Dental teeth implants can also be fixed to the structure. With the success of this pioneering jaw reconstruction using 3D printing, dental reconstruction surgery could potentially develop in unimaginable ways. For Ms. Robinson, it was the answer to a nearly three-decade problem.