Platelet Rich Plasma
Healthy teeth and good oral hygiene are vital to living a healthy and productive life. That means that when issues present themselves, it is important have them remedied in a timely manner. Unfortunately, many individuals are understandably concerned about dental procedures and their healing time. They also do not want to undergo a potentially costly procedure if there is a chance that it might not be successful—or that it might not be successful enough. This is especially true in the case of procedures like bone grafting, where the bone graft must create a certain amount of new, healthy bone in order to continue with the dental implant process. Luckily for everyone, there is a new option that can help patients receive the treatments they need while healing faster, more effectively, and even regenerating more bone during the process.
What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)? Platelet rich plasma is, as the name implies, plasma that is full of platelets. This by-product of blood is incredibly beneficial to the human body and has the ability to help significantly increase things like healing time and bone generation during grafting procedures. The plasma is obtained during outpatient dental procedures by drawing around 55cc’s of blood from the patient in question and putting it in a PRP centrifuge in order to spin it down. The PRP is ready to go in 15 minutes or less!
Why should I care about PRP?It is important to remember that many dental procedures are multi-step and require multiple visits to complete. This is especially true if we are talking about something like bone grafting or dental implant surgery. New bone must grow from the grafting procedure before the implants can be placed, for example, which means that you want to grow a good amount of healthy bone as quickly as possible. Once you have enough bone for the procedure, the dental implant itself will also take multiple trips to complete. The implant site itself must heal before the process can be complete with a replacement tooth, which means that you are without that tooth until the implant has bonded with your jawbone and the wound around the implant is healthy and no longer a risk for infection.
The sooner that you heal, in other words, the faster you can be done with these dental procedures. Using PRP during the surgery can often greatly increase the healing process as well as the amount of healthy bone generated after a grafting procedure. That’s because the PRP releases an abundance of platelets, also known as the part of your blood that serves functions like forming blood clots and releasing growth factors, into your body. These platelets then actively promote healing, encouraging your body’s natural processes to work hard.
Is PRP safe to use?PRP comes from your own body, which means that it is safe to use as there is little chance of your body reacting negatively to it. It is a safe option that can help increase the efficacy of your procedures, in other words.
To learn more about PRP and how it can help in your dental procedures, call us today at South Ogden: (385) 626-0977 Kaysville: (385) 439-0101.