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Bioprinting a New Jaw

Posted by hunter@stemsave.com on May 12, 2016 1:26:28 PM

An Australian periodontist has pioneered a new 3D printing technique that regrows missing gum tissue and jaw bones. Traditionally, bone and tissue replacements are taken from other parts of the body such as the hip or femur. Dr. Ivanovki’s method uses a bioprinter to grow missing tissue from a patient's own cells. This 3D printing alternative is much less invasive than bone replacement, and dramatically reduces the risk of infection or rejection.

“A specialized 3D bioprinter, which is set at the correct physiological temperature (in order to avoid destroying cells and proteins) is able to successfully fabricate the gum structures that have been lost to disease - bone, ligament and tooth cementum - in one single process,” says Dr. Ivanovski, ”The cells, the extracellular matrix and other components that make up the bone and gum tissue are all included in the construct and can be manufactured to exactly fit the missing bone and gum for a particular individual.”

As personalized regenerative medicine advances, autologous stem cells will become an invaluable resource to families and individuals who seek to ensure that they will have access to the best in medical care should the need for it arise. One of the most convenient and affordable sources for recovering and banking your own stem cells is dental stem cells. To learn more about how to bank dental stem cells for use in future therapies and treatments, visit StemSave or call 877-783- 6728 (877-StemSave) today.

 

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Topics: bioprinting, stemsaveblog, 3D Printing, bone regeneration, Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, jawbone, mesenchymal stem cells

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