The objective of this article was to illustrate the digital process in the custom fabrication of metallic mini-implant supported appliances. An implant-supported appliance was produced for a patient using a CAD-CAM procedure without a physical impression or a printed model. The work flow consisted of mini-implant insertion into the palate, recording an intraoral digital scan, digital design with incorporation of a scanned expansion mechanism, direct 3-dimensional metal printing via laser melting, laser welding of the hyrax mechanism, insertion, and activation of the appliance. The favorable clinical outcome demonstrated that this procedure is an efficient and viable method for constructing an implant-supported palatal metallic appliance.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2018|