GHEORGHE MUHLFAY, ZOLTAN FABIAN, RADU NEAGOE, KARIN URSULA HORVATH APPLICATIONS OF 3D PLANNING, PLASTIC MATERIALS AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN FUNCTIONAL REHABILITATIONS IN THE HEAD AND NECK SURGERY The developments in the biocompatible materials and additive manufacturing technologies gave birth to new possibilities in reconstructive surgery. In addition to revolutionizing the diagnostic possibilities, the modern medical imaging has led to the development of surgical planning software. Using these state-of-the-art technologies, a new standard of care is rising with the spread of patient specific implants. Our view in studying and using these materials and technologies goes beyond their biocompatibility, focusing on the functional and esthetic impact of these restorations. Our aim is to show their potential benefits and pitfalls presenting a couple of posttraumatic and oncological application possibilities, focusing on the new presurgical planning, choice of materials and manufacturing technologies.
Keywords: plastic materials, patient specific implants, reconstructive surgery, quality of life, surgical techniques