Technology Revolutionizes Jaw Surgery
Release date: January 10, 2012
Orthodontists and surgeons now can collaborate with 3-D tools to vastly improve jaw surgery planning and process
RICHARDSON, Texas -- Patients whose jaw bones are misaligned so that their bite can’t be corrected with orthodontics alone can now benefit from a 3-D technology called SureSmile, which is used collaboratively by orthodontists and oral surgeons resulting in improved results for patients in significantly less treatment time.
“Until now, we have been using plaster models and x-rays to predict and solve complicated 3-D problems. The 2-D modeling never really reproduced patient anatomy with accuracy,” said Dr. Pravin. K. Patel Associate Professor of Surgery, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. “Now we can integrate virtual orthodontics with virtual surgery. It’s revolutionized how we see, diagnose and treat patients. Patients have the potential to experience less operative time, less risk of blood loss and speedier recoveries.”
SureSmile® which is an orthodontic system that combines 3-D diagnostic imaging with computerized treatment plan modeling, and robotic archwire customization has added a surgical planning capability which provides for virtual simulation of the movement of facial bones and teeth for orthognathic procedures and is soon to be released SureSmile 6.0, which will be the first and only orthodontic system to incorporate bone position into 3-D treatment planning.
“With SureSmile, the pre-surgical alignment is so much better. We are able to see how the teeth will fit and the jaws will come together virtually, without having to take continuous impressions and make multiple plaster models. The better the teeth are lined up before the surgery, the more accurately the surgeon can position the bone and decrease patient’s time in braces after the surgery. Furthermore SureSmile technology allows for interactive care planning between the surgeon and orthodontist to better address the patients needs collaboratively.” said Dr. Ron Jacobson, Jacobson Orthodontics, Chicago.
An orthodontist using the SureSmile surgical planning tool is able to precisely design tooth positions based upon where the bones will be after planned surgical movements to optimize the result. Surgeons can plan precise surgical cuts with detailed 3D measurements with confidence in the predictability of pre-surgical dental movements.
One of the primary advantages of SureSmile for surgical cases is the ability for patients to be able to visualize the treatment objectives. 19-year-old Diane Vargas of Chicago had a cross-bite and a chin that was asymmetrical to the rest of her face. Diane’s options were surgery or the extraction of a lower premolar to camouflage her skeletal discrepancy.
“With SureSmile software we were able to show her simulations of how her teeth would fit and look in both scenarios and that was helpful in her decision to elect the surgical approach,” said Dr. Jacobson, Diana’s orthodontist.
“The accuracy of the customized SureSmile wires was a huge advantage because at the time of surgery Diane’s teeth fit together so well she did not need a surgical splint during healing. Her post surgical detailing was minimal so she was able to have her braces removed only four months after her procedure and her total treatment time was only 17 months. And best of all, she looks great,” Jacobson explained.
“We are continuously evolving SureSmile as orthodontists gain more experience in applying digital technology to patient treatment. We are committed to maintaining our position at the forefront of the digital revolution in orthodontics,” says Charles Abraham, CEO, OraMetrix Inc. (maker of SureSmile).