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Plastic mixed with bone powder for 3-D printed replacement bones

from Dentistry Today

When surgeons need to replace bone in the head or face, they typically remove and then shape part of the patient’s fibula to fill in the space. But this can lead to leg trauma, and the relatively straight fibula doesn’t fit the curves of the face very well. Now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University are using plastic 3-D printing materials instead, mixed with a dash of bone powder to stimulate and encourage new bone growth. more


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