Bone Morphogenetic Protein, Santa Barbara CA
Bone morphogenic protein is an isolated protein that induces specific cells in our body to form new cartilage and bone. During surgery, the BMP is soaked onto and binds with a collagen sponge. The sponge is then designed to resorb, or disappear, over time. As the sponge dissolves, the bone morphogenic protein stimulates the cells to produce new bone. The BMP also goes away once it has completed its task of jump starting the normal bone healing process.
Benefits of BMP
The benefits of BMP is that it is an alternative to an autograft (use of your own bone harvested from your jaw, chin, hip or leg). Now with BMP, no longer is a donor site needed to obtain bone, thus avoiding a second surgical site, speeding recovery and decreasing pain and discomfort. BMP provides predictable bone formation and eliminates the need for bone harvest from the patient. It has been used for years in spine surgery and now offers the same results for oral and maxillofacial surgery.
How is BMP used?
During the procedure, BMP which is in a powder form is mixed with sterile water. The solution is then soaked onto a sponge like matrix. The soaked sponge is then placed into the site prepared for grafting. This is allowed to heal for about six months. During the healing phase, bone formation is occurring. Once the bone has formed, the second stage on implant placement can proceed.