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Volume 47 Number 7, 2010
   Pages 595 — 604

Abstract —  New protocol for construction of eyeglasses-supported provisional nasal prosthesis using CAD/CAM techniques

Leonardo Ciocca, DDS, PhD;1* Massimiliano Fantini, MechE, PhD;2 Francesca De Crescenzio, IE, PhD;2 Franco Persiani, Eng, PhD;2 Roberto Scotti, MD, DDS1

1Department of Oral Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; 2II Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, Forli, Italy

Abstract — A new protocol for making an immediate provisional eyeglasses-supported nasal prosthesis is presented that uses laser scanning, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing procedures, and rapid prototyping techniques, reducing time and costs while increasing the quality of the final product. With this protocol, the eyeglasses were digitized, and the relative position of the nasal prosthesis was planned and evaluated in a virtual environment without any try-in appointment. This innovative method saves time, reduces costs, and restores the patient's aesthetic appearance after a disfiguration caused by ablation of the nasal pyramid better than conventional restoration methods. Moreover, the digital model of the designed nasal epithesis can be used to develop a definitive prosthesis anchored to osseointegrated craniofacial implants.

Key words: CAD/CAM, computer-aided design, facial disfigurement, facial rehabilitation, immediate temporary prosthesis, maxillofacial rehabilitation, nasal prosthesis rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, silicone prosthesis, virtual molding.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Ciocca L, Fantini M, De Crescenzio F, Persiani F, Scotti R. New protocol for construction of eyeglasses-supported provisional nasal prosthesis using CAD/CAM techniques. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(7): 595-04.

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