Electron Beam Melting Manufacturing Technology for Individually Manufactured Jaw Prosthesis: A Case Report
Journal article, 2016

In the field of maxillofacial reconstruction, additive manufacturing technologies, specifically electron beam melting (EBM), offer clinicians the potential for patient-customized design of jaw prostheses, which match both load-bearing and esthetic demands. The technique allows an innovative, functional design, combining integrated porous regions for bone ingrowth and secondary biological fixation with solid load-bearing regions ensuring the biomechanical performance. A patient-specific mandibular prosthesis manufactured using EBM was successfully used to reconstruct a patient's mandibular defect after en bloc resection. Over a 9-month follow-up period, the patient had no complications. A short operating time, good esthetic outcome, and high level of patient satisfaction as measured by quality-of-life questionnaires-the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30 (30-item quality-of-life core questionnaire) and H&N35 (head and neck cancer module)-were reported for this case. Individually planned and designed EBM-produced prostheses may be suggested as a possible future alternative to fibular grafts or other reconstructive methods. However, the role of porosity, the role of geometry, and the optimal combination of solid and porous parts, as well as surface properties in relation to soft tissues, should be carefully evaluated in long-term clinical trials. (C) 2016 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons


ti-6al-4v structures

trabecular titanium





bone ingrowth

Oral Surgery & Medicine





Felicia Suska

University of Gothenburg

Göran Kjeller

University of Gothenburg

Peter Tarnow

University of Gothenburg

Eduard Hryha

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructure Engineering

Lars Nyborg

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructure Engineering

A. Snis

BIOMATCELL VINN Excellence Center of Biomaterials and Cell Therapy

Anders Palmquist

University of Gothenburg

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

0278-2391 (ISSN) 1531-5053 (eISSN)

Vol. 74 8 1706.e1-1706.e16

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Sustainable development

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Materials Science

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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials



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