By Dental Tribune International

TURIN, Italy: The Bone, Biomaterials & Beyond (BBB) Academy is a newly formed international scientific and cultural association of professionals dedicated to bone and tissue regeneration in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery. The organisation was officially formed in 2017 and accepts members from the fields of dentistry, maxillofacial surgery, biology and biomedical engineering.

BBB President Prof. Antonio Barone and International Chairman Prof. Ulf Nannmark have stated that the goal of the academy is to share and develop the experiences of an important group of researchers and clinicians in the regenerative field. According to Nannmark, in the last ten years, the core group of the BBB have developed several research protocols to prove the efficacy of xenogeneic dual-phase biomaterials and to define effective and predictable surgical techniques to associate with these materials.

The collaboration between a variety of professionals over the years in experimental and clinical research has led to a number of scientific articles and led to the publication of the 2014 book Bone, Biomaterials & Beyond. The book has since been translated into several languages and, according to the BBB, was a major starting point for the academy itself.

According to the group, during the last ten years, a revolution has occurred both in the regenerative biomaterials field and in the development of new surgical techniques. Owing to this, there has been a significant improvement in the therapeutic options available for dentists and oral surgeons, allowing excellent clinical results that were achievable in the past only with autogenous grafts.

When commenting on the reasoning behind forming such an organisation, the BBB stated that it believes that regenerative procedures for bone and soft tissue should be developed and performed with materials that can be biologically integrated into human tissue. This should then be brought to a wider professional base through official international organisations such as the BBB.