Posts for: August, 2016
An innovative technology can help your body grow bone and heal soft tissues when you have periodontal surgery or need a bone graft before you undergo a dental implant procedure. Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel and Dr. Dawn Merguerian, your Baltimore, MD dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, explain how you can benefit from growth factor bio-technology.
What is growth factor bio-technology?
Growth factor biology uses platelets and plasma from your own blood to concentrate growth factors essential for soft tissue and bone healing. Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) and Plasma Rich Growth Factor (PRGF) are two common protocols used to accelerate healing and promote bone growth.
How is the growth factor obtained?
The procedure to obtain your growth factor is no more difficult than undergoing a blood test. Several tubes of blood will be drawn from a vein in your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which concentrates the plasma and platelets. Your plasma contains fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting that is responsible for initial healing throughout your body, while your concentrated platelets contain more than 10 of your own growth factors.
How can growth factor bio-technology in Baltimore help me?
A strong healthy jawbone is essential for the success of a dental implant. Unfortunately, once when you lose a tooth, the area of bone underneath begins to shrink and weaken. If the bone recedes too much, it won't be able to support your implant. Adding a bone graft builds up the bone and makes it strong enough to anchor an implant. The problem becomes worse the longer a tooth has been missing. Combing bone grafting with growth bio-technology not only helps speed the healing process, but also helps ensure that you grow high quality bone to replace the bone you lost when your tooth was extracted.
Are you interested in learning how growth factor bio-technology can help you? Call Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel and Dr. Merguerian, your Baltimore, MD dentists at K. Michael Murphy and Associates, at (410) 235-1233 to schedule an appointment.