What is Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP, and what can it do for me?
At Permian Basin Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we are proud to be one of the few offices in the area that utilizes platelet-rich plasma, sometimes called PRP. Platelet-rich plasma is a specialized substance that is a by-product of blood. It allows us to supply a high concentration of our patient’s blood platelets directly to the surgical site. This technique sends 3-5 times the amount of platelets in a normal blood sample to the site, prompting rapid vascularization and reinforcing bone and gum tissue growth. This speeds up healing in the mouth and offers patients a more comfortable recovery.
Platelet-rich plasma is a unique treatment option because it accelerates the body’s natural healing process to achieve your desired results. Platelets in the blood enable clotting and the discharge of growth factors, which allow your body to rapidly heal on its own. By providing the surgical area with a large amount of platelets, the rate of blood clotting and growth factor release is accelerated, allowing the body to heal more quickly and efficiently.
Patients who receive PRP during their procedure enjoy a variety of benefits including:
- A safer procedure: This technique enlists the power of the patient’s own blood sample. Since no chemical additives are necessary, the patient’s risk of disease transmission is reduced.
- An economical solution: Using the patient’s own blood decreases the cost involved with harvesting platelets from a blood bank sample.
- A convenient treatment: The PRP method is easy to use in various different procedures and can be performed at our office.
- A faster healing time: The increased platelet and leukocyte levels allow for rapid healing of tissue and bone.
Can Platelet-Rich Plasma be used during my procedure?
Platelet-rich plasma can be used in a variety of oral surgical procedures, including:
- Bone grafting for dental implants
- Gum tissue grafting
- Sinus lifting
- Ridge augmentation
- Closure of cleft lip and palate defects
- Repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth
If you would like to learn more about this or any other oral surgical procedures, we welcome you to contact us at Permian Basin Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. We are happy to discuss your surgical options and the use of platelet-rich plasma so you achieve optimal results and experience a speedy recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions about PRP
Is PRP safe?
Yes. A small amount of your own blood is drawn via the IV during your outpatient surgical procedure. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. The PRP is formed and ready to use in less than 15 minutes.
Should PRP be used in all bone grafting cases?
No, not always. In some instances, there is no need for PRP. But we have seen in the majority of cases, application of PRP to the graft site will increase the growth of existing bone in addition to making the surgical site heal faster and more efficiently.
Can PRP be used alone to stimulate bone formation?
No. PRP must be mixed with the patient’s own bone or a bone substitute material such as demineralized freeze-dried bone, or a synthetic bone product, such as BIO-OSS.
Are there any contraindications to PRP?
Very few. Patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases do not qualify for this type of in-office procedure. You will need to check with your surgeon and/or primary care physician to determine if PRP is right for you.