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Biologics & Protein Growth Factors: Behind the Bioscience


CEs: 1

James R. Rutkowski, DMD, PhD, FAAID, DABOI

  • Honored Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Oral Implantology

Implant surgical wound healing is a complex pathway that embodies multiple sequential localized reactions. These reactions initiate localized cytokine signaling cascades that induce growth factors to stimulate hard and soft tissue repair. Clinicians now have the ability to directly add autogenous or recombinant growth factors to the surgical site and thereby increase procedural predictability. This program will provide the scientific reasoning and evidence for enhancing natural growth factor concentrations at the surgical site. A cost-benefit analysis for using additional growth factors will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

At completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the role growth factors play in the healing of hard and soft tissues
2. Identify which growth factors are of importance to the implant surgeon
3. Appreciate the benefits of autogenous and recombinant growth factors

AGD Subject Code 499