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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 345048, 5 pages
Case Report

Alveolar Ridge Preservation Using Leukocyte and Platelet-Rich Fibrin: A Report of a Case

Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology, Dental Faculty, University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Campus, Private Bag X7501, Bellville 7535, South Africa

Received 25 May 2011; Accepted 22 June 2011

Academic Editor: J. A. Shibli

Copyright © 2011 Mogammad Thabit Peck et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In order for a dental implant to be restored optimally, it must be placed in an ideal anatomic position. However, this is not always possible, since physiological wound healing after tooth removal, often results in hard and soft tissue changes which ultimately compromises ideal implant placement. With the aim of minimising the need for tissue augmentation, several alveolar ridge preservation (ARP) techniques have been developed. These often require the use of grafting material and therefore increase the risk of disease transmission. Leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) is a newly developed platelet concentrate that is prepared from the patient's own blood. Clinical research has indicated that it improves wound healing and stimulates bone formation. We present a case where L-PRF was successfully used in an ARP procedure to facilitate implant placement in a compromised extraction socket.