Phlebotomy and PRP at Pi Dental Center

Posted by Chris Raines on Aug 26, 2016 3:52:26 PM

Pi Dental Center Staff Hone Phlebotomy Skills for PRP Procedure with Patients

Pi Dental Center clinical team attends phlebotomy training.Pi Dental Center’s clinical staff recently took part in a Phlebotomy training program to perfect their skill in drawing blood, which they do for the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure. PRP accelerates healing and enhances bone growth, which in turn stimulates osseointegration of dental implants.

Phlebotomy

Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood from patients for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research.  Pi Dental Center’s clinical department participated in a course given by an approved provider of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. This phlebotomy course consisted of an online tutorial followed by small-group training with a certified instructor in our office. The online portion included lessons and quizzes. The hands-on course included placement of the tourniquet, proper techniques for finding a vein and inserting the needle, patient safety and comfort. Participants even practiced drawing blood on one another.

Pi Dental Assistant, Amy Gambone, felt that the course was quite valuable, stating, “Taking the phlebotomy course helped me tremendously. Safety and making the patient feel confident that they’re in good hands are essential. I feel more confident doing a blood-draw.”

Clinical Director, Martha Mendez discussed the phlebotomy course, “I learned the appropriate technique to draw blood, how to prioritize veins and most importantly, safety.  This course will improve our safety protocol for drawing blood and also ensure that our patients’ experience at Pi is as painless as possible.”

PRP

Andrea and Martha discuss the online portion of the phlebotomy training program.During the PRP procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn in preparation for dental implant treatment. 

PRP is a by-product of blood that is rich in platelets. Platelets are irregularly-shaped, colorless bodies that are present in blood. Their sticky surface lets them, along with other substances, form clots to stop bleeding. Platelets contain growth factors (GFs), which serve as effective inducers of normal tissue repair.

PRP allows the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a highly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells, including platelets, to the wound to initiate the healing process. Platelets perform many functions; one of which is the release of GFs into the wound. These GFs function to aid the body in repairing itself by stimulating mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to regenerate new tissue. The more GFs sequestered into the wound, the more MSCs are stimulated to produce new host tissue. Simply, PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

Correct use of  the syringe is described during Phlebotomy training program at P Dental Center.An article in The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry detailed a study regarding use of Growth Factors in molar sites with bone defects.  It advocated the use of Growth Factors in immediate placement of implants at the time of tooth removal. This is because of the high degree of predictability for successful treatment, preservation of bone and soft tissue form, the reduced period that a patient must live without teeth and superior esthetic results.

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger states, “PRP is used to stimulate and accelerate the healing process in the Teeth in a Day® protocol.  We strongly believe that PRP is a critical component of the high success of this protocol.”

As stated in the Journal of Oral Implantology, “Integrating this technique into common practice provides important benefits for patients regarding esthetics, without the risk of infection or transmission of diseases.”

To learn more about PRP click here.

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Terminology:

Phlebotomy:   the practice of drawing blood

Osseointegration: The biological process by which living bone (osseo) fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.


Articles:

Immediate Postextraction Implant Placement Using Plasma Rich in Growth Factors Technology in Maxillary Premolar Region: A New Strategy for Soft Tissue Management. Oral Implantology, Vol. XXXIX, No. One, 2013.

Platelet-Derived Growth Factor – Mediated Guided Bone Regeneration in Immediate Implant Placement in Molar Sites with Buccal Bone Defects, The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Vol. 35, No. 6, 2015.

Tags: dental implants, PRP for dental surgery, Teeth In A Day

The Stem Cell Revolution

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Nov 28, 2011 11:13:00 AM

From amazing face rejuvenation to stunning success with chronic debilitating diseases, adult stem cells promise to revolutionize modern medicine. What’s even more incredible is that they are available to everyone right now and the magic is already inside us.

Stem Cell Revolution

Stem cells are the basic building blocks of all human tissue.  They have the ability to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate any tissue in the body. When a disease or injury strikes, these stem cells respond to specific signals and set about to facilitate healing by differentiating into specialized cells required for the body’s repair. 

What’s absolutely “FAT-ASTIC” is that there are literally billions of adult stem cells found in our own fat.  We no longer have to deal with taboo “embryonic” issues or painful bone marrow transplants. With as little as 30cc of fat (which would fill a tube the size of a small cigar) over a billion adult stem cells can be put to work to repair, renew and rejuvenate immediately.

Remarkable therapeutic benefits have been seen in a multitude of conditions including: Emphysema, COPD, Parkinson’s disease, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, and Crohn’s Disease. Stem cells have also been shown to substantially limit the amount of damage from a heart attack or stroke. Read More…

 


Thomas C. Balshi, MD, PA
Board Certified Dermatology – ABPS
Board Certified Internal Medicine – ABMS
A pre-med honors graduate from Boston College, Dr. Balshi pursued graduate studies in Microbiology at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia. He earned his undergraduate medical degree from the American University (of the Caribbean) School of Medicine, where in addition to his academic pursuits he served as a PADI underwater medical rescue scuba diver. 

Dr. Balshi’s undergraduate clinical studies and subsequent residency in internal medicine took place at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was honored to serve as Chief Resident of the Department of Medicine, including teaching responsibilities and coordination of clinical rotations for 45 residents.

Dr. Balshi is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Physician Specialties for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. He serves as the Dermatologic Consultant to The Institute for Facial Esthetics in suburban Philadelphia. He is also the dermatologist West Palm Beach patients ask for in our Dermatology & Liposculpture Center. 2605 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL, 561-272-6000, www.southFLderm.com.

Published in: www.AtlanticAveMagazine.com, November 2011, Page 44

Tags: dental care and facial rejuvenation, PRP for dental surgery