Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems are often more severe than just a “click” when biting down. Many people experience pain and have difficulty performing simple jaw movements.
Bone loss or loss of correct jaw position - due to rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, developmental abnormality or tumour - can cause poor function, and lead to psychological issues due to deformity. For many of these cases, a TMJ implant can mean a dramatic improvement in the quality of life and mental health of the patient.
To this end, TMJ Concepts of Ventura, California, has pioneered a unique method for producing custom-fit TMJ implants using 3D rapid prototyping and CNC machine tools from Haas Automation, in particular the SL-10 lathe and three vertical machining centres - two VF-0s and a VF-2 Samson.
Producing these TMJ implants is demanding, extremely high quality, error-free manufacturing, that requires massive record keeping and very close inspection.
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