Platelet Rich Plasma
Leading edge technologies in the dental field provide our patients with the opportunity to get the smiles they deserve in innovative and less painful ways. Our goal is always to improve surgical techniques and give our patients amazing results, and we achieve that through continuing education courses and investing in the most up-to-date technologies our field has to offer.
One of the latest advancements capitalizes on our body’s own natural growth factors to speed up the healing process after surgery. Platelets in our blood stream contain healing properties that we can take advantage of after procedures like gingival grafting.
We are now able to create a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) that contains a platelet concentration higher than your body’s baseline concentration. This PRP has been strictly used in hospital settings because of the cost of separating platelets from blood, as well as the large volume of blood required. But now, our office has invested in this technology, and we can harvest, process, and concentrate blood into PRP that we can use at our operative sites.
Why all the excitement about Platelet Rich Plasma?
With PRP, we are able to accelerate the normal healing process. During a typical healing process, the body sends cells to the surgical site to begin the process. One of those cell types is platelets, which carry proteins used to regenerate injured tissues (called growth factors). Platelets have many jobs, including the formation of blood clots and the release of growth factors into wounds. The higher the number of growth factors released into the wound, the more stem cells are stimulated and produce new tissue. What does this mean about PRP, though? It means that the use of PRP allows the body to heal more efficiently, and therefore more rapidly.
Platelet Rich Plasma has many advantages:
- Safety: PRP is created for the patient’s own blood, making disease transmission not an issue
- Convenience: We create the PRP in our office under strict conditions. We do this while the patient is undergoing the outpatient surgery (like gingival grafting).
- Faster healing
- Cost effectiveness: Since we create the PRP in our office and we use only a small amount of blood, the patient does not incur as large an expense as would happen at a hospital or blood bank.
Frequently asked questions about PRP:
- Is PRP safe? Absolutely! During the outpatient surgery, we’ll draw a small amount of your blood out via the IV that is already in place. We then place the blood in our specially designed machine and process the PRP under strict guidelines. The PRP is formed and ready to use in under 15 minutes.
- How long has PRP been in use? As a hospital procedure, PRP has been used to speed healing for about a decade.
- Are there any contraindications to PRP? Some patients with bleeding disorders will not qualify for PRP use. We will discuss your ability to use PRP at your consultation.