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Will Wood be the Bone Grafting Material of the New Decade?

January 11th, 2010 · 4 Comments

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There’s a heard of sheep in Italy that have wooden bones…kind of. Italian scientists at the Istec Laboratory of Bioceramics in Faenza have developed a process of converting rattan (wood) into a material that appears to closely mimic natural bone tissue. Heat, carbon, and calcium, along with intense pressure and a phosphate solution, make the bone replacement material strong, yet porous enough for blood vessels and nerves to run through it.

As with traditional bone grafts, the grafted material is accepted by natural bone tissue, and the two unite into a solid, continuous structure. Scientists believe that the new bone replacement material may be used in human studies in about five years.


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  • 1 Dentist Daytona Beach // Jan 12, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Great content. Looking for some dental related materials when I stumbled across your site. Bookmarked Love your blog, it’s nice to see one with quality information for once. Keep up the good work! thanks for the post. – Shane

  • 2 Sarasota cosmetic dentist // Jan 15, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Hope the new research result would be helpful, & brings new era in dental implant treatment.

  • 3 Gainesville GA Dentist // Jan 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

    This one caught me off guard. Wood is the last material I would have thought of for bone grafting!

  • 4 Windsor Dentists // Jan 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Pretty ground breaking.

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