In the wake of the unprecedented COVID19 pandemic and the safety of our staff and patients, Dr. Lentz closed our office temporarily at the end of last week, 20th March, 2020.
Our voicemail has been updated to instruct patients with dental emergencies to follow the prompts to reach Dr. Lentz. This web notice is to inform patients that state and federal mandates recommend we close our office until we can equip ourselves with proper protective equipment. That equipment is not yet available because it is being directed to front line emergency workers in hospitals handling the outbreak. At this time, we are working closely with specialists to treat emergency dental conditions that are resulting in pain, swelling and fever.
State wide - No restorative treatment will be rendered at this time. Just emergency treatment (i.e. root canals and extractions) by our specialists.
Think of Dr. Lentz as a quarterback directing emergency traffic to the proper specialists. Please feel free to call and leave a message for emergency: 678-802-1209. Dr. Lentz will call back as soon as possible to trouble shoot your specific concern. We are monitoring daily, awaiting proper protective equipment orders to arrive, and will update our Lanier Valley Dentistry Family with any changes.
Platelet Rich Plasma
At Lanier Valley Dentistry, we pride ourselves on our use of new and revolutionary techniques, including platelet rich plasma. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP for short, has changed the way we treat tissue regeneration. In many ways, it has taken our surgical facility to even greater heights!
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Our blood mainly consists of a liquid, which is referred to as plasma. However, it also contains smaller components such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are an important part of clotting blood, and also play a major role in healing injuries.
PRP is a by-product of separating thousands of platelets from a larger source of blood plasma. In the past, PRP was confined to the hospital due to extremely high costs. Technological advancements have lowered the cost PRP, making it more widely available to patients like you.
Platelet Rich Plasma Process
To develop PRP, Colin Lentz, DDS must first extract a small amount of blood. Next, the platelets are separated from the other parts of your blood in a centrifuge. This eliminates the need for platelet preparation at a hospital or blood bank.
Taking the platelets from your blood also ensures that the procedure is completely safe. The procedure usually takes place immediately after your initial surgery. PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors that can expedite the healing process.
Applications for Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma has many clinical applications in many medical fields. At our office, we mainly use PRP for bone grafting, gum grafting, and dental implants. Grafting applications may include sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, and socket preservation.
PRP can also be used to close lip, cleft, and palate defects. The platelets assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate soft tissues. An increase in growth factors can ensure your stem cells are properly stimulated.
The growth factors in PRP contain a bone morphogenic protein (BMP), which has been shown to induce the formation of new bone. This is immensely beneficial for patients who have experienced significant bone deterioration due to missing teeth or injury. In the past, bone deterioration could prevent a patient from receiving a dental implant.
If you need implant treatment but have also suffered from bone deterioration, we may recommend a bone graft. By adding PRP to the implant site, Colin Lentz, DDS can help you grow healthy bone faster and more effectively than ever before. This will help ensure that you qualify for implant treatment.
Advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma
The use of PRP has revolutionized the healing process following many oral surgeries. Advantages of platelet rich plasma include:
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
If you would like to learn more about PRP or our other cutting-edge treatments, call (678) 802-8654. Our team is standing by to help you schedule your consultation now!