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Garden Grove

12777 Valley View St. #282
Garden Grove, CA 92845
Phone: (714) 898-8757

Diamond Bar

620 N Diamond Bar Blvd
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (909) 861-3043

Tissue Regeneration Procedures


    'Growing' Back the Lost Tissue...
    Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck collar around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, the supporting gum tissue and bone is destroyed. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth may have to be extracted. Regenerative procedures are often recommended to regain some of the lost hard (bone) and soft (gum) tissues which have been lost.
      These procedures may reverse some or all of the damage naturally, by stimulating your body to reproduce the lost tissue. After surgically removing the disease causing bacteria, bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. This process called 'Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)' has been a remarkable part of clinical periodontics for the past two decades.
              A petient presented with advanced bone and supporting tissue damage to a front tooth. The tooth was saved through a process called GTR where bone and tissue was successfully regenerated - Surgical case by Dr. Jin Y. Kim, 2003
              What are the benefits of these procedures?
                In the modern day periodontal office, 'growing' or regenerating essential components of the jaw bone, supporting tissues, and soft tissue is an intrinsic component of the scope of practice. Bone is a fundamental structure necessary for the support of teeth, as well as the replacement of teeth, dental implants. Many times when a tooth is lost, grafting of the site where the tooth comes out is most important for future function and support. When restorative dental work is done, building hard tissue and soft tissue is done alongside to enhance the life-like and outcome.
                Hopeless teeth were lost in this 56 year old man due to periodontal disease. In order to have dental implants to replace the missing teeth, block graft of bone regeneration was applied as seen on the radiographs (x-rays).

                                  Platelet Rich Plasma


                                  One of the newest innovations used in our practice is the application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with soft tissue and bone graft procedures. Platelet Rich Plasma exactly what its name suggests. The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood (thousands) and the large amount of blood needed (one unit) to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. New technology permits the doctor to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only one unit of blood drawn from the patient while they are having outpatient surgery. Dr. Kim was one of the the first periodontists in Orange County to have the capability to use platelet rich plasma in surgery, having incorporated this technology since 1999.

                                  Why all the excitement about PRP? PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors (GF) into the wound. These GF (platelet derived growth factors PDGF, transforming growth factor beta TGF, and insulin-like growth factor ILGF) function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors released sequestered into the wound, the more stem cells stimulated to produce new host tissue. Thus, one can easily see that PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

                                  The benefit of this for our patients is to produce more rapid healing of surgical sites with less discomfort then ever before. In addition, this accelerated healing means that in dental implant patients, they can have final crowns made sooner than would be possible without use of Platelet-Rich Plasma.



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                                  Dr. Jin Y. Kim is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology.

                                  Call Dr. Kim's practices at:

                                  714-898-9857  Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Cypress, Anaheim, Buena Park

                                  909-861-3043  Diamond Bar, Chino, Roland Heights, Yorba Linda, Walnut areas

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