Bone Grafting and Platelet-Rich Plasma

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Tucson Bone Grafting & Platelet-Rich Plasma Procedures

The principal limiting factor in placing implants is the amount of available bone support for each implant. Frequently the bone is damaged during the process of a tooth being lost, and the bone where a tooth used to be tends to shrink over time after the tooth is lost. Even so, the process of bone grafting, regenerating real bone where we need it in order to place a perfect implant, has undergone amazing advancements in recent years. It is the rare exception when we find that it just isn't feasible to do the implants that our patients want.

One of the most exciting advances is our ability to use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to enhance the healing potential of bone grafts. This entails drawing some blood (20cc, which for those of you who give blood is just 1/25 of a 'unit'), and then using a centrifuge to spin the blood down to get 2cc of PRP. And we do this right in the same room as the surgery. In addition to clotting factors, platelets have growth and healing factors that jump-start the healing process. One bit of good news coming from our patients who have PRP procedures is that the accelerated initial healing response also results in a comfortable postoperative period. Sometimes we are able to use your own bone harvested during the procedure from within the same surgical site, and sometimes we use sterilized bone from a fully accredited tissue bank. Within 12 months, whatever bone we see on a radiograph is your own bone, as the grafting material is completely resorbable, being replaced by new bone that is completely "yours.".

These are very exciting times wherein the treatment plan, what we do for you, is determined by what you want. Obviously, the best option is to manage the loss of a tooth in a fashion that minimizes the need for grafting. And, if you want to replace a missing tooth with an implant-supported crown, we can almost always make that happen. Call us for a consultation to discuss your options for replacing a missing (or soon-to-be-missing) tooth or teeth.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It has been my honor and privilege to serve my community, and to serve my profession, this last 37+ years.

I am thrilled to share some really exciting news. Following an exhaustive nationwide search and a super positive transition process over last year, Dr. Abhi Patel will be assuming control of the office starting March 1st, 2024. I will be reducing my schedule and will be seeing patients on a part-time basis.

The team and I are thrilled to have Dr. Patel with us and we are looking forward to continuing to
provide exceptional care of our patients. In all of my interactions, Dr. Patel has demonstrated the honesty, integrity and dedication necessary to be an exceptional periodontist. He is extremely competent and caring, and has the passion and skills to deliver high quality, evidence-based care. I trust him to take care of you and I believe he will be a valuable asset to our community.

Dr. Patel is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implantology. He is highly trained recognized leader in periodontics and implantology, having been an educator and researcher who has published many articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Educator Award” by the American Academy of Periodontology for his mentoring and scientific research. He serves as a committee member for the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Patel brings a wealth of knowledge and a superior skillset that will assure exceptional outcomes for our patients. Dr. Patel and I, along with our extraordinary team, are looking forward to continuing to provide what you have come to expect from our practice: unparalleled patient service and clinical excellence. The team has been actively involved in the transition process from the beginning, and they are remaining in place. We will all be here to assist Dr. Patel with your care.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Patel to our practice. Thank you again for your loyalty and confidence over this last (almost) four decades.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Brien Harvey

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