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J. Eric Hopkins, DDS

L-PRF: What Is It and Why Is It So Super Cool?

Saturday, April 13  |   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Two (2) CE Hours  | Category B

Course Description
Target Audience: Dentists

Surgical procedures are common in general and implant dentistry. We are always looking for ways to achieve better outcomes for our patients. The use of blood concentrates can jump start the healing process by utilizing the patient’s own concentrated healing factors. The use of Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in conjunction with everyday dental surgery, from general extractions to complex procedures, allows for faster recovery, better results and less pain for the patient. The platelets and leukocytes are separated from the red blood cells and re-introduced into the surgical site. We’ll discuss the nature of L-PRF and it’s many uses. Platelets and white blood cells  contain many growth factors, signal stem cells and are a good defense for initial infection control. Dental assistants and hygienists can now provide the venipuncture and processing of the blood as an expanded duty, making it easier to achieve success within our busy practices. It is relatively inexpensive for the patient, easy to facilitate and should become a routine procedure within practices that perform surgical procedures.

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to the benefits of blood concentrates.
  • Identify the many uses for L-PRF.
  • Learn how to incorporates L-PRF into your dental practice.

Speaker Bio

Dr. J. Eric Hopkins has been performing general dentistry in Shawnee, Oklahoma since
receiving his DDS from the University of Oklahoma in 1989, and he has been performing
advanced dental implant procedures since completing the AAID Maxicourse in New
York, NY in 1999. He achieved board certification with the ABDS in 2018 following
successful completion of the oral and written examinations for the American Board of Oral
Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID) the same year. Dr. Hopkins is a Diplomate of
the ABOI and a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He teaches various
aspects of implant dentistry, from simple to complex, through Hopkins Implant Institute as
well as the L-PRF class for accreditation of dental auxiliaries, and serves as the Director of
the AAID Maxicourse Oklahoma City.