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British Dental Journal 212, 577 (2012)
Published online: 22 June 2012 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.530

Blood platelet biomaterial enhances implant healing

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A newly published study reports that blood platelet biomaterial enhances healing after dental implant insertion.1 An all-inclusive procedure was performed on a patient who had fractured an incisor during a sport-related accident. The broken tooth was extracted, an implant inserted, and a biomaterial of leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin was used.

According to the article, leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin stimulates the healing process. Strong fibrin membranes enriched with cells and platelet growth factors are an inexpensive biomaterial. Taking only 15 minutes to prepare, the biomaterial is a practical and effective application to use in implant dentistry. Its anti-haemorrhage properties are well-suited for this surgery.

The use of this fibrin meant that no incisions or sutures were needed, which allowed optimal healing conditions. Positive healing characteristics were noticed two days after the surgery; at seven days the gingival aesthetic profile was well defined. At six months, a satisfactory final result of the surgery was evident. Two years later, the restoration has proved to be stable and aesthetic.

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  1. Del Corso M , Mazor Z , Rutkowski J L , Dohan Ehrenfest D M . The use of leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin during immediate postextractive implantation and loading for the esthetic replacement of a fractured maxillary central incisor. J Oral Implantol 2012; 38: 181–187. | Article | PubMed |

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