KUK is developing subperiosteal implants and providing invaluable clinical input
The university's goal is to develop a new kind of dental implant that will better integrate into patients' bodies
The Kepler University Clinic (KUK) was founded in 2015 with the amalgamation of three nationally renowned hospitals: the General Hospital of the City of Linz, the Clinic for Women and Children of Linz, and the Nerve Clinic Wagner-Jauregg. The reason for the merger was to establish a top medical faculty at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. With over 1800 beds, the Kepler University Hospital is Austria’s second-largest hospital and the central healthcare provider.
The Clinic of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery (CMFS) deals with all surgical disciplines such as trauma surgery, tumor surgery, reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, and aesthetic surgery, as well as inflammatory diseases, etc. in the facial area of the skull. In addition, there is, of course, a focus on dental surgery and dental problems. The establishment of special outpatient clinics for orthodontics, tumor follow-ups, cleft lip and palate, TMJ diseases, and aesthetic surgeries as well as the close cooperation with the clinic for trauma surgery have proven successful.
As part of the INKplant project, KUK will be offering essential input and expertise from a clinician's viewpoint, working on almost all aspects of the process to facilitate the transition from design concept to practical use. As part of the university's first major scientific achievement, it has begun developing subperiosteal implants that they hope can better integrate with patients' bodies than those currently in use, thus, improving the quality of life of Europe's elderly population.