Oral Health Group
News

New Dental Product May Slash Treatment Costs

August 15, 2018
by Elena McPhee, Otago Daily Times


In New Zealand, hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent treating bone fractures and on dental surgery every day – but a new material created from cattle bones at the University of Otago could change that, a researcher says.

Dr Jithendra Ratnayake said synthetic hydroxyapatite material used to temporarily fill in gaps before bones healed – for instance deep holes left when dentists extracted wisdom teeth – was powdery and difficult to handle, as well as being ”really expensive”.

It could cost $600 for a small cube of the material, and was one of the reasons why having wisdom teeth out was so dear.

Using cattle bones as a base, it was possible to form a new material which was easier to work with, more solid and porous.

The same amount of the new material cost only about $10, Dr Ratnayake said.

To view the full story, please click here.