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Southern California Dentist First on the West Coast to Perform Concentrated Stem Cell Transplant for Dental Implant Procedure
Date:3/18/2009

Patient's Own Stem Cells to Be Harvested and Transplanted Into the Jaw to Generate Dense Bone Tissue for Permanent Dental Implantation

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Jason Morgan needs a dental implant to restore his infectious grin, but to attach an implant would be difficult due to a lack of strong, healthy bone in his jaw. Dr. Ivan Ho, a Southern California-based dentist and founder of Platinum Dental, will make Morgan's wish come true through the application of concentrated stem cell transplant technology. The first on the West Coast, and only second in the nation, to perform this innovative procedure, Dr. Ho will harvest and transplant stem cells from the patient's own bone marrow into the jawbone to create a dense bone structure to which a dental implant can be permanently set.

The outpatient procedure called Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentration (BMAC) will be the first conducted on the West Coast and will take place on Monday, March 23, 2009, at Platinum Dental in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Used for many years by neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons to generate bone for procedures such as spinal and tibia fusions, Dr. Ho will apply the stem cell transplant procedure to dental applications to provide an option for patients who may not have previously been candidates for a tooth implant because of poor jawbone density. This is a minimally invasive and relatively painless outpatient procedure that takes between one and three hours to perform, providing faster healing, less pain and better results than other implant procedures.

"This minimally invasive procedure is an innovative, advanced long-term alternative to existing tooth replacement options such as dentures, bridges and even traditional bone grafting procedures," explained Dr. Ho. "In addition to providing better and faster healing, the transplantation of the patient's own stem cells enables the body to increase bone growth in the jaw through Angiogenesis to permanently support the dental implant. Because the use of dentures and bridges carry a high risk of problems in many cases resulting in gum disease, tooth decay and the loss of viable teeth, additional costly surgical procedures are necessary, where dental implants are the most natural solution and provide the best long-term results."

The innovative process involves the harvesting of stem cells through a small incision in the hip bone the morning of the procedure. Using a centrifuge, Dr. Ho will isolate and concentrate the stem cells from the plasma and transplant them into Morgan's jaw and will then add an allograft. The stem cells will work with the surrounding tissue to eventually generate healthy, dense bone tissue to which the dental implant can be permanently attached.

About Dr. Ivan Ho:

For more than 18 years, Dr. Ivan Ho has been practicing dentistry out of his Platinum Dental offices in Orange County. Dr. Ho has been a pioneer in improving the present state of dentistry, primarily by using the most sophisticated, patient-friendly ways of delivering advanced dental care. Dr. Ho received his degree in dentistry from USC and is a member of over ten professional dental societies. Dr. Ho has achieved diplomat status from the International Congress of Oral Implantology, graduated from the world renowned MISCH Implant Institution, and received mastership training at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Ho is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Ho offers the latest technology to his patients, and he is one of the few dentists in Orange County to offer the PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) procedure.

About Platinum Dental:

Platinum Dental, with two locations in South Orange County, is a dental practice consisting of a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of smiles using state-of-the-art procedures. A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables Platinum Dental to provide the quality dental services their patients deserve. Platinum Dental provides comprehensive treatment planning and uses restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve optimal dental health for its patients. For more information please visit our website at www.platinumdental.net


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