Foundation is a bovine collagen plug that was approved by the FDA in 2004 as ?a collagen-based bone filling augmentation material for use in the filling of extraction sockets.?� It is a solid, bullet-shaped plug so it is very easy to handle. The tooth is extracted, the socket is curetted to remove any granulation tissue and to stimulate bleeding, and the plug is placed snugly into the socket in direct contact with bone. In addition to its ability to act as a framework for new bone to grow into, Foundation is manufactured in a unique manner whereby new bone cells are drawn into the plug an accelerated pace and the socket will be completely healed without loss of height or width in 10 to 12 weeks. A study done at the University of Rochester demonstrated enough new bone had grown into extraction sockets to place an implant into a solid base only 8 weeks after extraction. Foundation is a simple answer to the problem of socket preservation after extraction.
Dr. Turchi began practicing general dentistry after graduating from the Arthur A. Dugoni University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1988. He is currently the Director of Educational and Clinical Affairs and Senior Product Manager for J. Morita USA in Irvine, California.