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Platelet Rich Plasma in dental and oral surgery for enhanced healing

platelet rich plasma at drummoyne oral surgeryPlatelet rich plasma (PRP) is a new approach to tissue regeneration and is becoming a valuable tool to promote healing in many procedures in dental and oral surgery.  We now have this available for our patients at Drummoyne Dental Practice!  PRP is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets.  PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors (GF) into the wound. The more growth factors released and sequestered into the wound, the more stem cells are stimulated to produce new tissue.

PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently

PRP Has Many Clinical Applications.  PRP can be used to aid bone grafting for dental implants, sinus lift procedures and ridge augmentation procedures.  It can also assist in the repair of bone defects which are created by the removal of teeth, or small cysts and repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth.

Advantages of PRP

  • Safety: PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
  • Convenience: PRP can be generated in the dentist’s office while the patient is undergoing a surgical procedure such as the placement of dental implants or the removal of teeth.
  • Faster healing: The supersaturation of the wound with PRP, and thus growth factors, produces an increase of tissue synthesis and faster tissue regeneration.
  • Ease of use: PRP is easy to handle and actually improves the ease of application of bone substitute materials and bone grafting products by making them more gel-like.

Frequently Asked Questions About PRP

  • Is PRP safe? Yes. During the surgical procedure, a small amount of your own blood is drawn out. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than 15 minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.
  • Should PRP be used in all bone-grafting cases? Not always. In some cases, there is no need for PRP. However, in the majority of cases, application of PRP to the graft will increase the final amount of bone present, in addition to making the wound heal faster and more efficiently.
  • Can PRP be used alone to stimulate bone formation? No. PRP must be mixed with either the patient’s own bone, a bone substitute material such as demineralized freeze-dried bone, or synthetic bone.
  • Are there any contraindications to PRP? Very few. However, patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure.

If you have any further questions regarding PRP, please make an appointment to see one of our friendly dentists at Drummoyne Dental Practice on 91812226