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Bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration

Julian R. Jones, Eileen Gentleman and Julia Polak
Bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration
Elements (December 2007) 3 (6): 393-399


There is a need for new materials that can stimulate the body's own regenerative mechanisms and heal tissues. Porous templates (scaffolds) are thought to be required for three-dimensional tissue growth. This article discusses bone regeneration and the specifications of an ideal scaffold and the materials that may be suitable. Bioactive glasses have high potential as scaffold materials as they stimulate bone cells to produce new bone, they are degradable in the body and they bond to bone. The two types of bioactive glasses, their mechanisms for bioactivity and their potential for scaffold production are reviewed. Examples of their current clinical use are highlighted.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 3
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration
Affiliation: Imperial College London, Department of Materials, London, United Kingdom
Pages: 393-399
Published: 200712
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 46
Accession Number: 2008-032658
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America
Update Code: 200810
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