Prominent Mobile dentist, Dr. Byron C. Scott, of Springhill Dental Health Center, is now performing a new and innovative procedure in his dental office. It involves acquiring a blood sample from the patient prior to their procedure or surgery and harvesting the platelet rich plasma – PRP from the sample. This procedure will be the standard of care in the near future, states Dr. Scott.
Platelet Rich Plasma is exactly what the name suggests. It is a substance comprised of the by-product of human blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets and growth factors. In the past, the procedure has been confined to the hospital setting, but with modern technology, it is now available in a physician’s or dentist’s office. It can be used to enhance wound healing, wound sealing, graft stabilization and hemostatis.
In the case of a dental patient, PRP can be used with such procedures as extractions, implants, periodontal surgery and bone grafting. The amount of blood drawn from the patient will depend on the type of surgery or procedure the patient is having performed, but it is usually only one to two vials. The blood is processed in a centrifuge unit and the PRP is removed. A series of steps are performed to make the sample suitable for use. A sterile membrane or gauze is then saturated with the PRP and applied to the wound, surgical site or mixed with bone grafting material for approximately 15 minutes. This results in dramatic improvement, almost instantaneous clotting and reduces the risk of infection and dry sockets, a painful condition resulting in the failure of blood to clot in an extraction or surgical site.
Studies are showing that PRP will greatly enhance the healing process, therefore I feel its use is in the best interest of my patientsÂ says Scott. This process allows us to remove the optimal healing components from the patient’s own blood and reintroduce them immediately into the surgical site where they are needed, without the usual delay involved in the body’s normal healing process. Many patientsÂ immune systems are compromised by disease, illness or allergies, so wounds or surgical sites do not always heal properly and quickly. This procedure is extremely valuable in such cases, but it is also valuable for the healthy patient, as it appears to give all patients a tremendous boost in their healing ability, decreases the amount of time in the overall healing process and increases the success of grafting and implant procedures.
If you are wondering about the cost of the procedure, Dr. Scott states that it is minimal less than $50 and the results are amazing. And what about safety? Since the patient is using their own blood and plasma, it is completely safe and there is no need to fear any disease transfer as the patient only receives their own PRP, taken minutes prior to surgery. For more information about this revolutionary procedure, contact Dr. Scott at Springhill Dental Health Center at (251) 494-3433.
Dr. Scott is a graduate of Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. He has practiced general dentistry in Mobile for 29 years with an emphasis in cosmetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally and recently completed advanced studies in bone grafting and the use of PRP in wound healing at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Scott is also featured in the 2004-2005 Woodward/White's Best Dentists in America.
Mobile’s Own Extreme Makeover Contest
Dr. Byron C. Scott, a well known Implant, cosmetic & reconstructive dentist and Dr. Michael Lyons, a plastic-cosmetic surgeon developed, sponsored & provided complimentary services for an Extreme Makeover Contest.
A full range of cosmetic plastic surgeries and procedures were used creatively to complement the full mouth makeover the patient was provided.
The dramatic changes were significant. As with many of our cosmetic makeovers, the patient underwent the “makeover experience”…. which essentially means that the benefits from cosmetic treatments generalized over into improvements in self confidence and overall social functioning & wellbeing.
Local Television and Radio stations were involved, along with clothing stores, restaurants, flower shops, hair stylists, makeup experts…. nearly every type of support service imagineable that our contest winner could have access to for creating her own makeover.
Everyone involved with the makeover contest, from vendors to service providers, were as astounded as the patient was in getting a makeover result that erased 10 (maybe 15?) years from her overall appearance.
Unlike some contest winners, our patient has been proactive in maintaining the benefits of change, getting treatments that continue to maintain an appearance that reflects the way she feels and benefits her overall health.
It has been over six (6) years now…. and our makeover patient looks and feels as great (actually greater) than she did when she underwent the original treatments and procedures.
The most recent photo, shown here, still reflects the beauty and the glamour she felt years ago. Some who know her comment that she looks even better.
Extreme makeover gala announcement event held in Mobile, Alabama, January 30, 2004 at 6:30 pm.
The popular ABC TV nationally syndicated phenomenon Extreme Makeover will soon have its counter part version as Mobile presents its OWN EXTREME MAKEOVER. The same services and procedures seen on the popular national TV program are available right here on the Gulf Coast.
One fortunate individual will be announced as the recepient of a complete cosmetic makeover that will include plastic surgery, dental cosmetics, hair, makeup, and wardrobe along with health and fitness improvements. A runner up will also receive a mini makeover with less extensive services. Awards for the guests will be held at the Bienville Club, Friday January 30, 2004 at 6:30 pm. during the gala announcement event. Local celebrities will be present and the announcements will be made by Dan and Shelby of WKSJ Radio Mobile.
Many perks are being donated by local participating businesses and all the proceeds will go to charity. Dr Byron C. Scott, a well-known Mobile cosmetic/implant dentist and Dr Michael Lyons, a prominent Mobile cosmetic surgeon will be the doctors who head the team to transform the lives of these fortunate individuals. Dan and Shelby of WKSJ Radio will be among the panel of judges who will review the applications and videotapes submitted by the hopeful candidates.
Extreme Makeover Mobile will follow the experiences of our winners through the many different areas of personal improvement. As their lives are transformed, local media will cover the progress made and will be invited to attend the exciting “coming out gala finale” to be held in spring 2004. Dr Byron C. Scott states, “We have the capabilities here in Mobile to even surpass the miracles preformed by the national syndicated popular Extreme Makeover series. I am so excited about all the local enthusiasm and cooperation by many prominent businesses here in the Mobile area”.
The campaign was kicked off as the Mobile Extreme Makeover team sponsored their own float in the annual Mobile Christmas Parade held December 20, 2003 in downtown Mobile where more than 30,000 people attended. Everyone interested in following the progress of the makeover can stay tuned to the local media. All entry fees collected will be donated to the American Cancer Society, The Home of Grace & The Mobile Food Bank.
Daily coverage will be provided by WKSJ on the Dan and Shelby morning show. Dr Scott states, “Two of the most significant changes in 2004 will be in the lives of these two fortunate individuals in our area whose dreams will finally come true. Cosmetics, health, and fitness improvements are known to significantly change the quality of life for many in our world today as we seek to look better, feel better, and live better. We will have an opportunity to see that happen right here in our community. I’m confident all will stay tuned as Mobile’s Own Extreme Makeover unfolds”.
Noted Gulf Coast dentist, Dr Byron C Scott, of Mobile, Alabama was recently selected by an extensive vote of his peers to be included in the 2004-2005 premier edition of THE BEST DENTISTS IN AMERICA. Renowned publishers, Woodward/White, researched and surveyed 9680 leading dentists throughout the United States who cast more than 125,000 votes concerning the abilities of other peer dentists in order to compile the publication. The listing is considered a singular honor as the votes were anonymous and the listing could not be purchased or prearranged. WOODWARD/WHITE has been publishing BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA and BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA which have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and television specials over the past decade. These publications have come to be regarded as definitive guides to excellence in the professions. Dr Byron C Scott has practiced general dentistry with emphasis on cosmetic and implant dentistry in the Mobile, Alabama area for over 27 years. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has written articles for publication in various media. He is one of only 350 dentists board certified by The American Board of General Dentistry and is a Master in The Academy of General Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Implantology and is a Fellow of The American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr Scott serves on several hospital staffs in the Mobile area where dentistry can be provided for patients under general anesthesia in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr Scott is an alumnus of the L D Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Key Biscayne, Florida and he serves as a consultant for the Dental Health Directory- A worldwide internet forum where questions can be answered by a panel of dental experts who donate their time to help inform the public about dental health. He has also represented NBC affiliated FOX Channel 15 TV, WPMI.COM, over the past year as their exclusive “Ask the Dentist” expert. Dr Scott states, ” I consider it a great honor to be recognized by my peers in this manner.” Patients travel from throughout the United States to have Dr Scott serve their dental health needs.