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Volume 29 , Issue 6
November/December 2016

Pages 592594

The Role of Digitization in the Rapid Reproduction of an Obturator in a Frail Elderly Patient

Mahmoud E. Elbashti, BDS, MSc, PhD/Yuka I. Sumita, DDS, PhD/Mariko Hattori, DDS, PhD/Amel M. Aswehlee, BDS, MSc/Hisashi Taniguchi, DDS, PhD

PMID: 27824980
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.4932

This case report describes the reproduction of the current obturator of a frail elderly patient using the digitization concept. A computed tomography scanner was used to scan the obturator. The virtual model was created using three-dimensional modeling software. The model was printed using a plastic with a low melting point with a fused deposition modeling technique in a three dimensional printer and then conventionally processed. The definitive obturator was inserted and evaluated for fit, function, and esthetics and was successfully delivered at the second visit. The patient was satisfied with the oral function and esthetics of the reproduced obturator. This case report confirms the effectiveness of digitization in the reproduction of an obturator that enabled satisfactory oral function and esthetics.

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