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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 b
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