Tools of the trade: Medifuge CGF


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centrifuge machine

by Dr Anup Shenai, Rochester Dental Clinic, VIC

This is a centrifuge machine with variable speeds. Blood is spun to separate the platelets, stem cells and growth factors. These can be formed into clumps that aid in healing when placed back in the patient’s body.

What’s good about it

It’s extremely helpful with implants and surgical extractions. If I’m doing wisdom tooth surgery, I know the patient’s going to be in pain and the body’s going to take a while to heal. In these cases, I take the venous blood, create a blood concentrate with the centrifuge and place it in the surgery site. Two weeks later, it’s completely healed. The hard and soft tissue healing is fast because the blood cells enhance angiogenesis. 

Patients who smoke are prone to dry sockets. When extracting a tooth from a smoker, they usually don’t hold the blood clot in the socket due to the nicotine interference. Using an autologus stem cell plug made from their own blood means there is no rejection and healing begins straight away. This greatly lessens the chance of a dry socket.

As more dental practices are offering facial aesthetic treatments, serum can be used as an alternative to Botox and fillers. 

If you’re a dentist who does extractions, implants and bone grafting, a centrifuge is worth the investment. Once you own the equipment, all the blood products are sourced from your patients so the running cost is minimal.

What’s not so good

To use the centrifuge, you need to gain Australian phlebotomy certification in order to take a patient’s blood. The unit is expensive to purchase but it’s so useful that it’s definitely worth the money.

Where did you get it

Minimax Implant

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