South County Periodontics bone regeneration

July 23, 2010
South County Periodontics and Implant Dentistry implements INFUSE bone graft technology.

MISSION VIEJO, California--South County Periodontics and Implant Dentistry announces the use of INFUSE bone graft technology.

The technology negates the need to harvest a patient's bone to reconstruct bone defects in the mouth due to trauma and other reasons.

INFUSE Bone Graft is a bioactive protein for commercial use in oral bone regeneration. This product contains a synthetic bone graft material that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in certain oral and maxillofacial bone grafting procedures.

“Bone loss is something we see very often in our dental field,” said Dr. Caplanis, director of the practice. “This revolutionary material will allow us to regenerate bone without the use of patient bone, thus avoiding defects in other parts of the body and minimizing discomfort to our patients.”

INFUSE Bone Graft eliminates the need for the bone-harvest surgery that autograft requires. This is an additional procedure that, depending on the location, may be painful for some patients and lengthen the overall healing process.

INFUSE Bone Graft consists of two main components: a manufactured version of a protein that's normally found in the body and a natural carrier for delivery of the protein. The protein is rhBMP-2 (recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2) in a pure, freeze-dried powder form.

This is a naturally occurring protein common to humans and animals with bone that is found in very small amounts. Its purpose is to stimulate bone formation at the site in which it's placed.

The natural carrier is an absorbable collagen sponge, which is made from a material found in bone and tendons. The ACS releases the protein over time in the location where it is placed, and provides a scaffold on which new bone can grow. As the graft site heals, the ACS is absorbed and replaced by bone.

During a procedure, the rhBMP-2 protein is mixed with sterile water and then soaked into the ACS. Dr. Caplanis places the protein-soaked ACS into the space he has prepared, and then follows the normal surgical care protocol for the patient’s specific procedure.

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