Oral surgery simulated teaching: 3D model printing

S. Shepherd (Lead / Corresponding author), M. Macluskey, A. Napier, R. Jackson

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Aim: The aim of this study was to present the development of a cost effective, inexpensive and anatomically accurate model for the teaching of hard tissue oral surgery using three-dimensional printing technology. Material and methods: Scan data of a dentate human mandible was digitally manipulated and combined with phantom head baseplate data. The resultant three-dimensional printing of the conglomerate file provided an anatomically accurate plastic model for teaching. Three clinicians with extensive undergraduate oral surgery teaching experience evaluated the resource. Results and conclusion: Initial comments suggest that the printed mandible provides realistic feel, feedback and bone removal experience satisfactory for undergraduate teaching. The authors present a relatively easy, malleable and inexpensive alternative approach for the development and local construction of oral surgery teaching resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-85
JournalOral Surgery
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • Education
  • Model simulation
  • Oral surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Surgery


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