Biologics and Dental Implant Procedures

Recently, I had the privilege of attending an international symposium in Orlando, FL. This meeting featured twelve expert scientists and clinicians from all over the world speaking about evidence-based (proven with strict studies), state-of-the-art procedures and concepts. It was three eight-hour days of information that impressed me profoundly, and I would like to share some highlights with you.

A common theme spoken about was the use of “biologics.” Biologics are substances isolated from our own body (biology) that are concentrated or manipulated to enhance healing and grow tissue (bone, skin, collagen, gum, cartilage, etc.). For many, this is the ultimate form of organic healing that can mean:

• Avoiding shoulder surgery by harvesting stem cells from bone marrow in your hip and injecting it into your shoulder healing a cartilage tear.

• Growing bone in your severely shrunken (atrophic) jawbone by incorporating a technically-developed protein into a bone graft (called rhBMP-2, or Bone Morphogenic Protein)

We have entered an era of understanding our body's capacity to heal by using our body's own cells.

• Super enhanced healing of soft tissue using your own blood, spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate platelets, and applied to a surgical site, or your face! for a vampire facial by your dermatologist, or your inflamed joint. This blood concentrate is called PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma.

• Avoid having your foot amputated because your diabetes has prevented a foot wound from healing. L-PRF, or Leukocyte-rich Platelet Rich Fibrin, is also derived from your blood and is a new frontier for diabetic wound closure and other non-healing wounds.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is exciting stuff! We have entered an era of understanding our body's capacity to heal by using our body's own cells. We have long understood what a stem cell or a platelet does, only now have we begun to understand how to put that information to work.

I am proud to be a part of this progressive area of medicine and dentistry. I routinely incorporate Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP and Leukocyte-rich Platelet Rich Fibrin, L-PFR in certain surgical and implant procedures. Call my office for a free consultation to see if you should get your cells working for you.

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