UTHealth oral surgeons develop new technique to reconstruct diseased jaw joints

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have developed and successfully tested a new surgical technique that could be a critical step toward using bioengineered cartilage to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.

Funded by National Institutes of Health RO1 grants, the preclinical study involving the transplantation of tissue-engineered cartilage into an animal model was done in conjunction with researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and University of California, Davis. Findings appeared online June 20 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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