Dental Care Scientists Seek to "Tissue-Engineer" New Facial Skin and Bone

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Dental Care and Facial Skin

Dental scientists are pushing tissue engineering technology to new levels, investigating a combination of therapies to more efficiently regenerate facial skin and bone, according to a University of Michigan dental scientist.

Tissue engineering typically involves harvesting a small sample of cells, treating them in the lab, and then reintroducing the cells into a damaged area, such as a jawbone damaged so severely from disease or trauma that it cannot heal on its own.