Journal of Oral Rehabilitation vol:37 issue:11 pages:854-859
The aims of this study were to determine the accuracy of a 3D computer model and stereolithographic (STL) replica when compared to the real tooth and to develop a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)-based planning technique including surgical guide fabrication. A STL surgical guide and a tooth replica were fabricated using SimPlant Pro 12.1. To validate this process, tooth segmentation and replica design were prepared for comparison to an optical scan of the corresponding tooth. For surgical intervention, a dry dentate mandible was scanned using a Scanora CBCT and the donor tooth was segmented. The donor tooth was repositioned, and two guides were designed. These tooth replica and guides were used in socket preparation of the dry mandible. The 3D computer model of the segmented teeth and related STL models showed satisfactory results with an acceptable accuracy. The surfaces were within 0·25 mm distance, but in some areas up to 2·5 mm deviation were seen. The results showed that 79% of the points was between 0·25 and −0·25 mm, 3% was overestimated (>0·25 mm) and 18% was underestimated (<−0·25 mm). The computer-based repositioning of the donor tooth and construction of tooth replica and guide allowed socket preparation before donor tooth extraction and optimization of the STL procedure for in vivo planning of CBCT-based autotransplantation.