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Italian Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery 2012 December;23(1-3):3-13

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Three-dimensional surface laser scanner for planning and outcome evaluation in orthognathic surgery

Bianchi F. A. 1, Verzé L. 2, Ramieri G. 1

1 Division of Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, San Giovanni Battista Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy;
2 Department of Science of Public Health and Pediatric, University of Turin, Turin, Italy


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Esthetic requests of patients undergoing orthognathic surgery have increased over time and represent nowadays the leading subjective motivation for the patient and a major aim of the treatment for the surgeon. In this regard, three- dimensional (3-D) analysis has considerably improved the diagnostic capacity of the orthodontist and of the surgeon. Aim of the study is to update the orthognathic surgeon on 3-D tecniques and to discuss the reliability and the use of a 3-D surface laser scanner in the set-up of the surgical plan and in the evaluation of treatment outcomes. An overview of the recent literature on future 3-D technologies is also reported.

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