Growth factors impact the dynamics of wound healing and formation of new tissues. This presentation examines the significance of graft materials and matrices on healing and regeneration within the context of growth factor–enhanced regenerative therapy. Consideration is given to how graft materials affect the release and bioavailability of growth factors as well as the influence of these biologic agents on the stability and replacement of the implanted matrix. Dr Block will discuss clinical factors that appear important in evaluating the potential for the various graft materials to optimize growth factor–enhanced regenerative therapy.
Michael S. Block, DMD, completed his dental training at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. After completing his residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, he remained at LSU and achieved the academic rank of professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Currently he has established a private practice dedicated to patient-oriented care. Dr Block is the editor-in-chief of four textbooks on dental implants, including the second edition of Color Atlas of Dental Implant Surgery (Saunders, 2007), as well as a section editor for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is past president of the Academy of Osseointegration and has been program chairman for three of their annual programs. Dr Block is particularly interested in the application of technology for efficient and predictable reconstruction of the jaw, reconstruction of sites with significant atrophy, and interceptive strategies for rehabilitating extraction sites.
Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes