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3D Bio-Printed Scaffold for Bone Augmentation


Blake Adams, DDS – Resident, Loma Linda University

Sam Souza, DDS – Resident, Loma Linda University


Purpose of the Study: Evaluate the ability of 3D bio-printed PCL scaffolds to allow bone formation within the created defects and access the accuracy of these printed scaffolds within the created defects.

Methods: A total of 5 New Zealand white rabbits were used for this study. One rabbit was used to calibrate and test the surgical procedure prior to the involvement of the remaining 4 rabbits. Using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) a defect was digitally created and a surgical guide fabricated to ensure all defects were the same in the right and left tibia. A PCL scaffold was then designed anad 3D bio-printed to fill the defect for augmentation. Each animal was then sedated under general anesthesia and surgical exposure of both tibia's was performed. Two identical defects were then created with the use of the surgical guide. The defect on the right tibia served as the control in this study with the tibia on the left as the test site. Bio-printed PCL scaffolds were then placed in the defects and stabilized within the left tibia with two titanium screws. On the control (right) side, a mixture of autogenous bone and xenograft were placed in the defect and covered with a resorbable membrane and secured with 4 tacks. The grafted sites were closed and allowed to heal for 16 weeks prior to euthanasia for resection of both the test and control bones for microCT and histologic analysis.

Results: Results will be presented at the meeting

Conclusion: Conclusion will be presented at the meeting

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