Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a by-product of blood that is exceptionally rich in platelets. PRP has long been used in hospitals to accelerate the body’s own healing process, but it is only fairly recently that advances in technology have allowed this same technique to be used in the dental office. While platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a new approach to tissue regeneration and it is becoming a valuable adjunct to promote healing in many procedures in dental and oral surgery.
The blood platelets perform several essential functions in the body, including blood clot formation and the release of growth factors that help to heal wounds. These growth factors stimulate the stem cells to produce new host tissue as quickly as possible, which is why platelet rich plasma is so effective in the post-treatment healing process.
Reasons for platelet rich plasma treatment
- Lower Infection Risk – PRP is smeared thickly on the wound after the procedure by the dentist and actually seals the wound away from infectious agents, lowering the risk of problems.
- Accelerated Healing – The saturation of the wound with PRP helps increase tissue synthesis due to its growth factors, and this in turn results in faster tissue regeneration. Speedier healing decreases the risk of later infections, complications, and discomfort.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) - Commonly asked questions
Q: WHAT IS PRP?
A: PRP is a concentration of growth factors isolated from your blood. The growth factors promote the healing the soft tissue and bone.
Q: WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
A: PRP is harvested by drawing a few tubes of the patients own blood.
Q: HOW IS IT USED?
A: The blood is centrifuged and the growth factors are isolated. The growth factors are then reintroduced into the surgical site.