Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy)

Go Through Dental Implants Faster

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is created from blood which is saturated with platelets.  Plasma therapy, or PRP for short, has long been the preferred method by hospitals to accelerate the body’s healing process, but only recently has the technology become available to be used in dental offices.

Several essential bodily functions are served by these blood platelets, particularly the formation of blood clots and the release of growth elements to help heal wounds.  These growth elements encourage stem cells to generate the rapid production of new tissues, which is why Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy has such a dramatic effect in the post-treatment healing process.

Uses of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy dentistry):

Fistula Repair – The repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and the mouth

Implant Bone Grafting – These procedures include ridge augmentation, closure of cleft palate deformities & cleft lip, sinus lifts, and both onlay and inlay grafts.

Bone Repair – Reconstruction due to facial trauma is another application of PRP therapy, the removal of growths and cysts, and the repairing of defects as a result of tooth extraction.

Reasons for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet rich plasma therapy is now a commonplace method for accelerating the post-procedure healing, and has been proven to safe for patients.  Disease transmission is unlikely, as the blood used comes from the patient’s own body.  Most patients report a higher degree of comfort immediately following the procedure.  The following points are some of the other distinct advantages of PRP therapy:

  • Convenience and Safety – Since the risk of disease transmission is greatly minimized by the sourcing of the patient’s own blood, only a small amount is necessary, and can be obtained during a routine outpatient procedure.
  • Lower Risk of Infection – A thick coating of PRP is applied to the wound after the dental procedure, sealing it from infectious agents, thereby reducing complications after treatment.
  • Accelerated Healing – The sealing of the wound with PRP boosts tissue synthesis due to its high growth factors, resulting in rapid tissue regeneration. This accelerated healing thereby reduces the chance of follow-on infections, discomfort, and unexpected complications.

What does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy involve?

Your Oak Brook dentist will peform an initial assessment on whether PRP treatment is right for you.  Patients with coagulative blood disorders are unsuitable for this treatment method.  A small (approximately 2 oz) blood sample will be gathered during an outpatient appointment, and placed into a centrifuge to isolate the plasma from the red blood cells.  This serum will then be placed into a second centrifuge to isolate the platelets containing the unique growth factors.

The dentist will apply the PRP in a very high concentration to the surgical area immediately after suturing the wound.  This will decrease the degree of discomfort you experience after the surgery, and greatly expedite the healing process.  The dentist will also prescribe the necessary medication and offer you aftercare instructions after your surgery to maximize the chances of success.

If you have any questions about Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or would like to find out if you are a candidate and can benefit from this treatment.

Call Oak Brook Smiles today or schedule an appointment.