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New technology to support oral surgery

Oral and dental surgery poses specific challenges to practitioners, one of which being the difficulties associated with lack of bone formation in the area of operation.
New technology to support oral surgery
The maxilla bone is the facial bone located between the nose, mouth and orbits. Replacing teeth in that bone area is extremely problematic owing to the poor bone density and sinus enlargement encountered in that part of the facial bone. These two factors combined prevented the use of implants of adequate lengths in that area.

Israeli researchers have now devised a new method through which the maxilla bone can provide adequate support to dental implants. The technique comprises a biodegradable hydrogel scaffold, which is introduced to the preoperative site and promotes bone formation over a period of six weeks.

The hydrogel material contains growth factors which promote bone growth and support angiogenesis, thus overcoming frequently encountered problems in dental surgery. The newly formed bone can provide ample support to dental implants and can also be important in prosthetic rehabilitation. The use of this biodegradable scaffold leads to shortening of waiting times for implants as well as reduction in potential surgical complications, according to the researchers.

Prototype materials of this patented technology have already been produced and can be used for demonstration purposes to potential suitors. The research team is looking for partners in the dental health industry to fully develop the final product and exploit it commercially.
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