Platelet Rich Fibrin
At Beyond Dental and Implant Center we use the latest technology and cutting-edge techniques to provide safe, effective, and improved restorative treatments. If you undergo oral surgery at our office, such as implant treatment, we may suggest the use of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). We believe all dental offices should utilize PRF because it can drastically improve the post-operative healing process.
What Is Platelet-Rich Fibrin?
Platelet-rich fibrin is the second iteration of another treatment known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein that is removed from red blood cells with a centrifuge. Platelet-rich fibrin is also a by-product of the blood that is exceptionally rich in platelets and growth factors. PRF is more effective that PRP due to the increased number of growth factors.
These platelets and growth factors are used by the body to form blood clots and facilitate the healing process. When this complex fibrin matrix is centrifuged and separated from the rest of the blood cells, it becomes an effective tool in the post-operative healing period.
The PRF process is fairly easy. To make PRF, we draw one vial of blood for each surgical site and immediately place it into the centrifuge. The blood is spun in the centrifuge at 2700 PRM for about ten minutes. The allows us to separate the yellow, jelly-like PRF layer from the acellular plasma layer and the red blood cell layer.
Application of Platelet-Rich Fibrin
There are several applications for platelet-rich fibrin. Dr. Cory Nguyen may recommend PRF for bone repair, bone grafting, and accelerated healing after oral surgery. Generally speaking, the PRF is either mixed with bone grafting material or utilized as a membrane over a surgical site. The application of PRF will expedite the healing process and reduce discomfort.
Bone had very little blood supply when compared to other tissues in the body. This means the body has less ability to heal these areas quickly and without infection. After an implant is in place, PRF inhabits the space between the implant and the open socket. This enriches the area with proteins and decreases the risk of implant failure.
Benefits of Platelet-Rich Fibrin
Platelet-rich fibrin has some benefits for patients undergoing oral surgery. During many oral surgeries, your jawbone may be left exposed for an extended period. After an extraction, for instance, the bone may be exposed to bacteria, saliva, and other contaminants that can affect the healing process. The application of PRF to a wound results in faster tissue regeneration. It is also extremely safe and convenient. PRF is naturally-occurring and does not require the use of preservatives or additives. Because PRF comes from your own body, there are no issues related to disease transmission. The minor amount of blood needed to create PRF can also be taken at the same time as your procedure. If you are in need of oral surgery, there is no reason not to consider the use PRF.
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