If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted or dental implants placed, you know there is a period you must spend resting and allowing your mouth to heal. Oftentimes, this takes a lengthy amount of time, making it difficult to get back to the things you most enjoy. Thankfully, a dentist at Bionica Dental Wellness of Delafield can use Platelet Rich Fibrin or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRF/PRP) to encourage new healthy tissue to form and prevent infection. To learn more about how you can receive treatment with PRF/PRP, contact our office.
To put it in laymen’s terms, Platelet Rich Fibrin is generated by an individual’s own blood, and it is a concentration of platelets that circulate throughout the blood. Essential for clotting purposes, it works to help patients heal faster by stimulating stem cells and encouraging cells to produce new tissue.
What it comes down to is how the two are processed. Both are created using a small quantity of blood, which is pulled from the patient prior to a procedure. PRP is a liquid form and PRF is a gelled membrane form.
Once the blood is drawn, it is placed into a centrifuge to be spun. This separates the blood from the plasma, red blood cells, and white blood cells and platelets. Once the material is ready, it is immediately placed on the surgical site.
Patients who suffer from diabetes, who are smokers, or who have chronic or acute health conditions may benefit even more by using PRF/PRP because of the healing capabilities. Not only will the gums heal faster, but the bone is able to heal and regenerate more quickly.
PRF and PRP create a wealth of benefits when treating patients, some of which include:
Only recently have dental offices begun using Platelet Rich Fibrin/Platelet Rich Plasma. Why? Hospitals were previously the only ones who used it because of the cost to separate platelets from the blood. Luckily, advancements in technology have made it possible for dentists to harvest and produce enough platelets from a small amount of blood.
Some of the ways PRF/PRP are used in dentistry today include: