Platelet Rich Plasma
Replacement of missing teeth is successfully achieved with dental implants. Dental implants are a type of titanium prostheses placed in your jawbone to support a replacement tooth. They require a surgical procedure to place them, and when the implant procedure is done, a brief recovery period generally follows. Remarkably, the recovery and healing process can be sped up though the aid of something called “platelet rich plasma” (PRP). Studies carried out have produced resources and processes that can dramatically improve clinical results. Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery is proud to offer PRP therapy to our patients to help encourage quicker recovery and increase the overall success of your dental implant.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelets are cells in the human bloodstream that are responsible to help promote healing. They comprise growth elements, which trigger the growth of new cells and tissues to help facilitate healing. Typically, platelet rich plasma is derived from your own blood. In order to acquire this PRP, a patient’s blood is run through a centrifuge to obtain plasma with a higher concentration of platelets. Previously, PRP was only used for arthritis or tendon sprains, but recently it has become a preferred treatment to help facilitate healing for dental and oral procedures.
How Is Platelet Rich Plasma generated?
The process to generate Platelet Rich Plasma is fairly simple. It is so straightforward, in fact, that it can be generated the same day as your implant surgery. We will first draw a small sample of your blood, which is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge then spins very rapidly to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. The derived plasma is then whirled again to concentrate the platelets. When the platelets are concentrated, the plasma is ready for use. The PRP is now applied liberally to your surgical wound. The applied PRP aids soft tissue healing and it greatly facilitates bone regeneration.
Advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma
The procedure to obtain and use PRP is completely safe, as it only requires a normal draw of the patient’s blood. Since the blood quantity required is quite low, it can be collected during the dental procedure itself. The benefits and the convenience of using PRP are notable, as there is no need for a separate appointment. Furthermore, the blood draw is from the patient, so you can be confident that there is no transmission of disease. This helps ensure your overall safety.
When the PRP is applied, it is applied densely on the wound at the conclusion of the procedure. This ensures that the surgical wound is sealed away from infection, lowering the risk of complications. PRP acts as a natural dressing, keeping bacteria out and shielding your surgical wound. Healing is accelerated, as PRP intensifies tissue synthesis due to its growth factors. The outcome is faster tissue generation. This is valuable especially for aging patients, as extra platelets help their cells and tissues regenerate faster.
Patients are also pleased to realize that PRP therapy is also quite inexpensive. PRP itself is reasonably affordable and, since we would only need a small quantity as a regular blood draw, there are no additional costs for lab preparation. To get more details about PRP, or to set up an appointment with us, please call us here at Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery at 304-345-1092 today to see if PRP therapy is ideal for you.