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Anaplastology and the US Navy: 3D Applications in Treatment Planning

Text and photos contributed by Robert Robinson, BS, MSA, CCA

Certified Clinical Anaplastologist and Maxillofacial Prosthetist

WST Board of Directors


3D printing and modeling workflows are a way to reimagine the Naval Clinical Anaplastologist's approach to providing military personnel and their dependents living with deformities a chance to feel some sense of normalcy.


The model below shows how 3D paradigms are used to treatment plan a patient with facial injury caused by a dog bite.

A plastic surgeon requested two choices of tissue grafting templates for reconstruction surgery:



Maxillofacial Prosthetics also uses 3D models to reconstruct the face and/or cranium of

Wounded Warriors.


Shot by a sniper, this patient was inflicted with a fractured maxilla and mandible. A team of specialists including neurologist, oral maxillofacial surgeon, maxillofacial prosthodontist, and maxillofacial prosthetist/anaplastologist brainstormed a treatment plan for rehabilitation. The planning included bone grafting, titanium bars and implants to restore functionality of the face and oral cavity:



A 3D model digitizes treatment options for the naval prosthetist fabricating oral and facial prostheses.


In addition, the 3dMD facial scanner allows the fabricator an opportunity to decrease the turnaround time for rush cases.


These molds provide ideal symmetry for wax diagnostic treatment planning.


Molds for prostheses can also be digitally designed and 3D-printed, such as this mold for an auricular (ear) prosthesis:



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