The facial skeleton is a complex structure consisting of different parts with variable forms and shapes.
Facial fractures, bony deficits due to atrophy and growth disturbances as well as facial bone defects are treated frequently in maxillofacial Surgery. Therefore we focus our research on bone transplantation and synthetic substitutes for guided bone regeneration. Following the principle of translational medicine, our research projects are closely related to the clinical practice.
The formation of new bone in the facial skeleton is influenced by several factors in relation to type and location of the defect. In order to explore optimal bone formation we analyze the biology of bone regeneration in the use of different bone substitutes under different situations.
In the light of steady development of surgical techniques, we have broadened our focus and are now exploring the impact of implants – such as dental implants or resorbabel osteosynthesis material - on bone regeneration. Different ongoing studies currently assess the biocompatibility of materials and the influence of biodegradation on bone.
Another field of interest is computer assisted planning and production of material for skull reconstruction (CAD/CAM). With the help of these innovations we intend to shorten the time spent in the operation theatre and to optimize the outcome in complex cases.