Allow us to introduce a completely new digital workflow by Dr. George Safwat Habib.
Dr. George works with cleft patients, which is new to both Medit and the digital dentistry industry.
Because he scans the faces and mouths of newborn babies around two weeks old, he is working with our R&D department to develop new mini tips for them.
Check out Dr. George's cases below!
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Self-tracking nasoalveolar molding (NAM) is a nonsurgical way to reshape the gums, lip, and nostrils with a plastic plate before cleft lip and palate surgery.
Pre-surgical molding helps reduce the number of surgeries a child needs since it decreases the severity of the cleft inside the mouth, reduces the gap in the upper lip, and lifts and narrows the nose.
Facial scan is taken while the patient is asleep and relaxed in a supine position using the Medit i700 wireless scanner.
"I start the facial scan from the tip of the nose moving upward and downward, then move sideways to capture the full features of the lips, chin, and eyes."
Intraoral scan is taken while the patient is in an upright position or slightly leaning forward to keep the airway unobstructed.
The patient’s head must be kept stable when scanning.
"I move the scanner head sideways in a rotational movement to capture the palatal surface before I move to the sulcus."
The Power of Medit Design & Splints
Medit Design is used to clean up the scanned surfaces.
“With the new amazing feature of bridging between scan areas, it is now very easy to obtain a surface that can be easily used in Medit Splints.”
Medit Splints is used with the tracking area located in the scan surface to help direct the premaxilla to its desired position.
The final splint is then 3D printed and fitted in the patient’s mouth after nasal stents have been added.
“Now, with this new technology and amazing software development, it is easier and faster to produce and deliver such life-supporting appliances to those who need them.”
Mini Tips for Newborn Babies
With the new small tips from Medit, it is easier to scan hard-to reach areas.
However, it is not enough for newborns that need their palates to be scanned for the fabrication of the self-tracking NAM appliances.
“Medit R&D and I are now developing and testing newborn scanner tips to deliver a better experience for all of our patients.”
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