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A digital approach to dynamic jaw tracking using a target tracking system and a structured-light three-dimensional scanner.

Kwon, Joo Hyun; Im, Sungbin; Chang, Minho; Kim, Jong-Eun; Shim, June-Sung.
J Prosthodont Res; 63(1): 115-119, 2019 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29859796


This technical procedure describes a method for tracking mandibular movement using a three-dimensional (3D) optical scanner and target tracking system to digitally portray the motion of the mandible and temporomandibular joints by merging cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) data.


Four nonreflective targets were attached to the labial surface of the incisors in a noncolinear arrangement. Mandibular movement was tracked directly using a 3D facial scanner and target tracking software after merging facial scanning data, digital data obtained from a diagnostic cast, and CBCT scan data based on several landmarks of the anterior teeth. The moving path of the subjects' mandible was converted to CBCT-based data to confirm the actual movement of the mandible and temporomandibular joints.


The digital implementation of mandibular movement using a 3D optical scanner and target tracking system is not prone to the same restrictions and limitations inherent in mechanical equipment; therefore, it is possible to reconstruct more realistic movement(s). This technique can be used in a wide variety of dental applications involving movement of the mandibular jaw, such as fabrication of dental prostheses, or for the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disease.