3D printing technology to advance dental and facial reconstruction



3D printing technology will be used to reconstruct human teeth, bones and tissue at the University of Queensland’s new Center for Orofacial Regeneration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (COR3). Professor Saso Ivanovski, school principal and center director at UQ School of Dentistry, said the team’s exceptional skills and experience have the potential to advance oral and facial regeneration, reconstruction. and rehabilitation and improve patient outcomes.

“In addition to custom 3D printed scaffolds for teeth and facial components, nanotechnology will be used to modify metal implants for cell growth and drug delivery.” said Professor Ivanovski. “Led by a new generation of researchers, clinicians and dental students, the team will diagnose and treat disease via nanoparticles in saliva. We have assembled an international team of exceptional professionals who are leading the world and creating change with new discoveries. “
Along with research, education, training and device manufacturing, COR3 will place particular emphasis on collaboration. He will advance ongoing projects with partners such as the Herston Biofabrication Institute; UQ Clinical Research Center; Medical School; Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology; Translational Research Institute and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. For more information, see the IDTechEx report on 3D Printing in the Medical and Dental Industry 2019 – 2029.

Industry partners such as Geistlich Pharma / Biomaterials, Straumann Group and Colgate Palmolive will support the Centre’s translational research and education efforts.

“Integrated into one of Australia’s leading dental schools, COR3’s research activities are intrinsically linked to the education and training of our current and future healthcare professionals. “ said Professor Ivanovski. “High quality technologies, facilities and human talent will enable COR3 to merge scientific and clinical knowledge to improve quality of life. As a proud alumnus of the UQ School of Dental Medicine, I have the opportunity to lead our next generation of dental professionals. and researchers within this new Center.

The materials, devices, procedures, skills and knowledge that will be developed at COR3 will have applications in a wide range of areas of health, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes and osteoporosis. A range of translational research in tissue engineering, stem cells and molecular biology will be carried out, aiming to replace, modify or regenerate damaged tissues or organs so that they function normally.

Source and top image: University of Queensland


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