June 2, 1975

Medical News

JAMA. 1975;232(9):895-902. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250090001001

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Bone chips in plastic mesh tray help in repair of facial defects  A Dacron mesh tray packed with bone particles is producing good results in the reconstruction of mandibular and other facial bone defects, California and Florida investigators report.The tray can be prefabricated at low cost for standard defects. It also can be custom-made for individual patients, according to Donald L. Leake, DMD, MD, dental director and chief of oral surgery at Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, Calif.The plastic prosthesis is one of several recent developments in the surgical correction of mandible defects, reported at the recent International Biomaterials Symposium at Clemson, SC. The symposium is cosponsored by Clemson University, the National Institute for Dental Research, and the Medical University of South Carolina.In Dallas, for instance, a basic kit has been developed for a strong, lightweight metal implant for rebuilding the mandible. This is the result of