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Master of Science in Dentistry



First Advisor

Thomas C. Waldrop, DDS, MS

Second Advisor

John Gunsolley, DDS, MS

Third Advisor

Robert Sabatini, DDS, MS


PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to examine the healing of intact extraction sockets grafted with leukocyte-platelet rich fibrin (L-PRF) as compared to sockets grafted with freeze-dried bone allograft (FDBA) and a resorbable collagen barrier membrane (RCM).

METHODS: This prospective randomized, examiner blinded pilot study included 17 subjects randomized to two treatment groups. Serum total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL), 25-hydroxyvitamin-D3, and platelet counts were determined preoperatively in all subjects. The experimental arm consisted of 8 posterior tooth-bounded intact extraction sites receiving L-PRF plugs. The control group consisted of 9 posterior tooth-bounded intact extraction sites receiving FDBA and RCM. An acrylic stent was fabricated to take duplicate clinical and CBCT measurements immediately post-extraction and at time of implant placement. A repeat-measures analysis of variance was utilized for statistical analysis.

RESULTS: The study failed to detect a clinical or radiographic difference between treatment groups in horizontal or vertical ridge dimension changes. Serum cholesterol, LDL, 25-hydroxyvitamin-D3, and buccal plate thickness had a non-significant effect on outcome measurements, although there was a high prevalence of hyperlidpidemia and hypovitaminosis in the study population.

CONCLUSIONS: The alveolar ridge dimension changes in intact posterior extraction sockets may be similar when either L-PRF or FDBA and RCM are utilized as socket grafting material. Although there was a high prevalence of high cholesterol and low 25-hydroxyvitamin-D3 levels in the population, this study failed to detect a significant correlation between preoperative serum levels and postoperative ridge dimension changes.


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