Biocompatibility and bone formation with porous modified PMMA in normal and irradiated mandibular tissue
SourceClinical Oral Implants Research, 24 Suppl A, (2013), pp. 100-9
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Clinical Oral Implants Research
vol. 24 Suppl A
SubjectNCEBP 2: Evaluation of complex medical interventions ONCOL 3: Translational research; NCMLS 3: Tissue engineering and pathology
A cemented mandibular endoprosthesis is a potentially viable option for mandibular reconstruction after ablative surgery. The commonly used PMMA cement has the inherent weakness of a lack of bioactivity. Improvement by the addition of porosities and bioactive compounds like calcium phosphates may resolve this issue. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the bone and tissue response to two modified PMMA cements with post-operative radiation as an additional influencing factor. MATERIALS & METHODS: An in vivo animal study was performed using a mandibular rabbit model. A porous PMMA cement (A) and a porous cement incorporated with Beta-tricalcium phosphate particles (b-TCP) (B) were placed in bilateral mandibular defects with exposed roots and mandibular nerve of 20 animals. Half of the animals underwent additional post-operative radiation. RESULTS: The animals were healthy with only a minor complication in one rabbit. Temperature analysis showed no significant risk of thermal necrosis with the maximal in vivo cement temperature at 37.8 degrees C. Histology demonstrated: (1) good bone ingrowth around the defect as well as within the pores of the cement and defect bridging was achieved in 70% of the specimens after 12-15 weeks of implantation, (2) no pulpal injury with minor secondary cementum response, (3) an intact mandibular nerve with no inflammation, (4) extensive degradation and resorption of the b-TCP particles by 12-15 weeks, and (5) presence of an intervening thin fibrous tissue at the bone-to-cement interface. Histomorphometrical analysis revealed that there was no difference between the different cements and the presence or absence of post-operative radiation. The 12-15 weeks specimens showed significantly more bone ingrowth and bone maturity than the 4-7 weeks specimens. CONCLUSION: Both modified PMMA cements have good biocompatibility, bioactivity and support bone ingrowth and additional post-operative radiation did not show any negative effects.
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