Dr. Cameron Clokie is a renowned maxillofacial and oral surgeon as well as a serial entrepreneur. He is the administrator and chief executive officer at biologics a firm that deals with an innovative solution that is geared towards musculoskeletal reconstruction.
Cameron Clokie has been in the dental practice for over thirty years and recently has was named a professor of maxillofacial and oral surgery at Toronto University. Mr. Russel, one of Dr. Cameron patients, had regrown more than seven centimeters his jawbone tissue that he had lost to a tumor in 2003.
Thanks to Cameron’s bone regeneration procedure that involved the use of a protein that can grow stem adult cells into bone tissue he can now afford a smile. According to Cameron, the method is similar to the embryonic bone regeneration.
That aside, Dr. Clokies procedure is a milestone for researchers who are looking into new ways of tissue regeneration. In fact, the methods that are currently in place involved painful procedures that encompass stealing muscle, bone, and fat to fill a gap.
Apart from Mr. Russell who underwent Cameron procedure, McFarlane was a candidate for a traditional surgery since she had a large tumor and her procedure also involving the joint. The surgeons had to replace part of her tissue with a bone that was removed from her shin.
This was a painful experience for her, and after the surgery, she couldn’t walk for two months.
In Mr. Russel’s reconstruction surgery, Dr. Clokie had to add the growth protein to the putty-like gel which solidified in warm temperatures and liquefies in a freezer. He then constructed it to fit Mr. Russell’s missing jaw piece. Read more: Cameron Clokie Believes Technology is Changing Dentistry For The Better
The gel was then placed in the missing sections of his tooth and in less than a week blood vessels had begun growing on the gel structure with the gel dissolving. That aside, the jawbone started to grow closing in on the gap.
Molly Shoichet, a researcher at U and T, concurs that this is one of the best innovations of the today’s medicine since it realizes a lot of bone growth. Shiochet also adds that Dr. Clokie still needs a metal rod for efficient movement but notes that the technique is still more advanced.