There was a time when, if you did not have enough bone, you were not considered a candidate for dental implants, and you and your dentist would have to settle for another solution like a denture or bridge.
Modern bone grafting techniques, however, can safely and predictably increase the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw, making implant treatment possible in cases that would have been impossible just a few years ago. While bone grafting may sound pretty scary at first, the truth is that bone grafting in the oral cavity today is a routine, predictable and painless procedure.
There are several bone grafting techniques, but they can be grouped into two types. The first, and most extensive type of bone grafting is called for when large changes to the shape and size of the dental ridge are necessary for placement of a stable implant.
Two surgeries are necessary, the first one to augment the existing bone structure, followed by implant placement some time later. The second type of bone grafting is used when the jaw already has enough bone to place the implant, but not enough bone to completely cover the sides of the implant. These types of grafts are generally small in size and are performed at the time of implant placement.
A revolutionary advanced technique is now available for dental implant placement. Leukocytes & Platelets Rich Fibrin (L-PRF), an autologous fibrin mesh made by spinning down the patient’s own whole blood (only a small vial is required for the procedure) and harvesting the platelet and leukocyte containing fibrin faction, is making implant placement more predictably successful in instances where bone augmentation is necessary.
The process calls for spinning the patient’s blood in a centrifuge to retrieve fibrin that contains platelets and leuokocytes. The fibrin mesh releases various substances, including growth factors, over a number of days to encourage growth and faster recovery.
The physiology of this technique sounds complicated, but the impact is simple. Dental implants can be placed without the use of processed bone or tissue, and L-PRF is completely compatible with every patient’s particular biological immunity – which means it super-charges the healing response.
This L-PRF technique enables simple and easy preparation of matrix membranes rich in growth factors to ensure dental implant success rates. Using the patient’s own biologic material rather than foreign material enhances the effectiveness of this technique.
If you are considering dental implants, you may want to discuss the benefits of L-PRF with your Fairfax implant dentist.