Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a by-product of blood that is exceptionally rich in platelets. PRP has long been used in hospitals to accelerate the body’s own healing process, but it is only fairly recently that advances in technology have allowed this same technique to be used in the dental office.

According to doctors in the dental field, PRP therapy was shown to increase both tissue and bone growth which would lead to a quicker wound healing. This in turn could lead to a long term success rate of a patient who would receive a dental implant. This type of therapy regimen is exactly what dental surgeons’ want for their patients because there is nothing better than being able to use the body’s own ability to regenerate the growth of bone and tissue especially if the body lost some due to certain diseases or other issues.

When it comes to dental implants, PRP treatment could help initiate bone growth.

That would allow the dental implant to heal within a matter of several weeks.  This could reduce the amount of time the patient would have to wait for the implant placement and affixing of the permanent crown to take place.

Reasons to utilize PRP:

Lower infection risk – seals wound from infectious agents, lowering the risk of any problems.

Accelerate healing – the saturation of the wound with PRP helps increase tissue synthesis due to its growth factors, and results in faster tissue regeneration.

Convenient and safe – disease transmission is a non-issue since the blood is harvested from patients own blood supply.

*We will initially assess if the patient is a candidate for PRP. Patients that may have blood clotting disorders will be unable to take advantage of this treatment.

Process: the blood will be placed into the centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells.  Immediately after suturing the wound, the dentist will apply the PRP to the surgical area in high concentration. This will expedite the healing and decrease the amount of discomfort following the surgery.

If you have any questions about treatment with platelet rich plasma or would like to find out if you are a candidate and can benefit from PRP, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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