Using a clinical therapy considered by many to be a "new frontier," a local
dentist is helping patients use their body's natural growth factors to
accelerate the healing process.
According to Dr. Joe McCartin, a dentist in Mt. Greenwood for more than 25
years, Autologous Platelet Concentrate enriched with growth factors (APC) is one
tool used by dentists and other doctors to help improve surgical outcomes.
McCartin said APC is made from a small sample of the patient's blood
(approximately 1.5 oz.). The process concentrates the platelets. These
concentrated platelets contain huge reservoirs of growth and wound-healing
factors, which are natural components of the body. Clinical data has shown that
growth and wound-healing factors may enhance and accelerate the body's normal
healing process. Since the APC is made from the patient's own blood, it is
insulated against the risk of disease transmission.
For patients, the benefits of APC including the reduction of bleeding and
bruising, decreased inflammation and swelling, enhanced wound closure,
accelerated bone growth and reduction of overall healing times.
McCartin said that APC has been used clinically for more than a decade.
Leading clinicians in specialties such as dental, facial plastic and
reconstructive surgery, orthopedics, cardiovascular and wound healing routinely
use APC to deliver natural, bioactive growth factors.
The use of APC varies from procedure to procedure, but it is generally
applied topically to the wound site. APC is often applied to bone grafts and
softtissue grafts to stabilize the graft material. APC is used to help fixate
bone grafts as well as accelerate bone growth in dental procedures, according to
Historically, the production of APC at the time of surgery was
time-consuming, expensive and required large blood volumes. However, new
technology has allowed dentists such as McCartin to use small automated, offi
ce-based APC systems that allow doctors to enable patients to take advantage of
their body's own healing power. The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge
that automatically separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is
then further centrifuged to concentrate the autologous platelets and, hence,
natural growth factors. The process takes less than 15 minutes and adds no time
to the surgical procedure.
Platelets contain potent growth factors necessary to begin tissue repair and
regeneration at the wound site. Growth factors derived from platelets initiate
connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote development of
new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process.
APC is the only available product that contains elevated levels of all a
patient's naturally occurring growth factors, according to McCartin. These
growth factors are maintained in precisely the same ratios found circulating in
"Our office is dedicated to using the latest technology to treat our
patients, and this is just one of the ways we do that," said McCartin.
McCartin received his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery
degree at Marquette University. He earned membership in Omicron Kappa
Upsilon?National Dental Honor Society (top 10 percent of Dental School
Graduates). He has also trained at the Dawson Center of Advanced Dental Studies.
For more information about Autologous Platelet Concentrate enriched with
growth factors, call McCartin's office, 10401 S. Kedzie Ave., at (773)
238-2906, or visit the Web site at drjoethedentist.com.