According to Bloomberg, Cameron Clokie is the head of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Toronto. He has been able to develop a method to reset the jaw’s skeletal clock bones so that they can be able to grow just like they do in a newborn baby.
Cameron has been able to do this by using a protein that seduces adult stem cells to become bone tissue.
The procedures are conducted at Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto General Hospital. The procedures are a significant milestone for research teams with the dream of tissue regeneration. The current method of rebuilding the body parts usually relies on the painful process of stealing bone, fat as well as muscle from one part to fill gaps in another part.
20-year-old Janine McFarlane had a benign tumor that swelled from the right side jaw two years ago. If left untreated, the tumor which is a rare and aggressive jaw-tissue growth called ameloblastoma can grow to deform the face and fill the airways until a patient chokes to death.
MS. McFarlane underwent a traditional surgery. In her case, the surgeons replaced the jaw tissue that was lost with 12 centimeters of bone that had been carved out of her chin. Ms. McFarlane claims that she couldn’t be able to walk for two months.
Dr. Clokie said that Ms. McFarlane’s case involved a 19-hour operation as well as two weeks in the hospital, where she spent one of the weeks in intensive care unit. In January she will undergo another surgery where the surgeons plan to use the hip bone to build her mandible further so that the dentists can implant false teeth.
Mr. Russel also had the same problem. He underwent a four-hour surgery that left him with a faint scar. He only spent two nights in the hospital. The only effect that Mr. Russel experienced was numbness in his lower lip and chin. Read more: Dr. Cameron Clokie Gives His Quick Tips for Tooth Care While Traveling
While reconstructing Mr. Russel’s jaw, Dr. Clokie added a specific growth protein to a gel that becomes liquid while in the freezer and robust while in warmer temperatures. He then modeled it to resemble Mr. Russel’s missing jaw piece.
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