3D print technology used to advance dental and facial reconstruction

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3D printed patient’s mandible scaffold generated by CT scanning, computer-aided design, and computer-aided manufacturing technology for bone tissue regeneration.

3D printing technology will be used to rebuild human teeth, bones and tissues at The University of Queensland’s new Centre for Orofacial Regeneration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (COR3).

UQ School of Dentistry’s head of School and Centre director Professor Saso Ivanovski said the team’s exceptional skills and experience has the potential to advance orofacial regeneration, reconstruction and rehabilitation and improve patient outcomes.

“In addition to 3D-printed custom scaffolds for teeth and facial components, nanotechnology will be used to alter metal implants for cell growth and drug delivery,” Professor Ivanovski said.

“Led by a new generation of dentistry researchers, clinicians and students, the team will diagnose and treat disease via nano-scaled particles in saliva.

“We’ve brought together an international team of outstanding professionals who are leading the world and creating change with exciting new discoveries.”

Alongside research, education, training and device manufacturing, COR3 will have a particular focus on collaboration.

It will advance ongoing projects with partners such as the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and also collaborate with local and regional universities, and over 30 institutions internationally.

Industry partners such as Straumann Group and Colgate Palmolive will support the Centre’s translational research and education endeavours.

“Embedded within one of Australia’s leading dental schools, COR3’s research activities are intrinsically linked to the education and training of our current and future health professionals,” Professor Ivanovski said.

“High-quality technologies, facilities and human talent, will allow COR3 to merge scientific and clinical knowledge to improve quality of life.”

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