Abstract: The goal of modern dentistry and plastic surgery is to restore the patient to normal function, health and aesthetics, regardless of the disease or injury to the stomatognathic and cutaneous system respectively. In recent years tissue engineering and regenerative medicine have yielded many novel tissue replacements and implementation strategies. Scientific advances in biomaterials, stem cell isolation, growth and differentiation factors and biomimetic environments have created unique opportunities to fabricate tissues in the laboratory. Repairing of bone and skin is likely to become of clinical interest when three dimensional tissue reconstructive procedures and the appropriate supporting biomimetic materials are correctly assembled. In the present review, we provide an overview of the most promising biopolymers that may find clinical application in dento-maxillo-facial and plastic surgery.
Keywords: stem-cell; tissue engineering; scaffolds; skin; hard tissue
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Bressan, E.; Favero, V.; Gardin, C.; Ferroni, L.; Iacobellis, L.; Favero, L.; Vindigni, V.; Berengo, M.; Sivolella, S.; Zavan, B. Biopolymers for Hard and Soft Engineered Tissues: Application in Odontoiatric and Plastic Surgery Field. Polymers 2011, 3, 509-526.
Bressan E, Favero V, Gardin C, Ferroni L, Iacobellis L, Favero L, Vindigni V, Berengo M, Sivolella S, Zavan B. Biopolymers for Hard and Soft Engineered Tissues: Application in Odontoiatric and Plastic Surgery Field. Polymers. 2011; 3(1):509-526.
Bressan, Eriberto; Favero, Vittorio; Gardin, Chiara; Ferroni, Letizia; Iacobellis, Laura; Favero, Lorenzo; Vindigni, Vincenzo; Berengo, Mario; Sivolella, Stefano; Zavan, Barbara. 2011. "Biopolymers for Hard and Soft Engineered Tissues: Application in Odontoiatric and Plastic Surgery Field." Polymers 3, no. 1: 509-526.