Australian-first 3D tissue printing could revolutionise dentistry, periodontist says


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“Professor Saso Ivanovski hopes to trial the procedure within a year.

A new study using 3D printing to create tissue and bone could revolutionise dentistry and provide benefits for dental health in remote communities.

Periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski, from Griffith University’s Menzies Institute, has pioneered the work which plans to use a “bioprinter” to grow missing bone and tissue from a patient’s own cells.

The new technology will be a significant improvement on traditional methods where bone and tissue are taken from other parts of the body such as the hip and occasionally the skull, Professor Ivanovski said.”

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As stated in the article, “the skull, Professor Ivanovski said.

“These procedures are often associated with significant pain, nerve damage and postoperative swelling,” he said.

If the study is successful, patients will be able to have a CT scan of the damaged region sent to a 3D bio-printer to manufacture a replacement part.

This means that remote patients could have CT scans done in regional centres that can then be sent off for printing, rather than needing to visit major hospitals for the procedure.

“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,” Professor Ivanovski said.

‘You won’t be able to identify what is old bone and new’.”