When a patient is missing a tooth or teeth, the
jawbone around that area will reduce in size. When this occurs,
the area that the tooth or teeth used to be no longer supports a
tooth the way it once did. In circumstances like this, patients
typically are not candidates for dental implants without increasing
the amount of bone in that area.
Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons now have the capability of growing
bone in areas such as these so that it may be, once again, suitable
for dental implants. This gives the patient the ability to restore
their natural look and feel inside their mouth without having serious
complications down the road. A longer lasting permanent artificial
tooth solution has been made further available by bone grafting.
There are many surgical options for obtaining and placing bone
grafts. In some situations, bone may need to be harvested from the
patient’s own bone. However, there are now many situations
in which synthetic bone can be used. Depending on the situation,
surgery may be performed in the office or hospital. Regardless of
where the surgery is performed, it is often a day surgery procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is used in our office to enhance the
healing process after a bone grafting procedure. Everyone’s
blood (plasma) contains rich platelets that we are able to extract
from the blood and use on the gums to provide additional growth
and speed up the process by which the gums can cure.
The extraction of blood and platelet from the patient is transparent
to the operation and can be incorporated in the procedure without
adding any noticeable additional time to the process. We utilize
this to assist our patients in a fast recovery, making your bone
grafting procedure go as successful as possible.
If you have questions or concerns regarding Platelet Rich Plasma,
please contact us.