Beyond Dental and Implant Center
PRF Technology at Beyond Dental and Implant Center Dentistry in Texas
Following an injury or surgical procedure, your body does something incredible. It immediately goes to work repairing itself. When an injury occurs, the wound triggers your body to send platelets to the site to help stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. While the body is incredible at repairing itself, the mouth contains many harmful bacteria that lead to issues such as infections. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we can help to speed up the recovery process, reducing your risk for complications with PRF technology.
What Are Platelets?
Platelets are small, colorless cells found within the plasma in the bloodstream. The plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that suspends plasma as well as red and white blood cells. The platelets are responsible for healing. When your tissues are injured, the body triggers platelets to be sent to the wound. The platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for tissue and cell regeneration. They go to work stopping the bleeding by forming clots and start to heal the wound.
Platelet Rich Fibrin
Platelet rich fibrin, often simply called PRF, is a substance made up of your blood. It is used to help speed up the healing process and reduce your risk of developing infections and other issues. With just a small amount of your blood, we can concentrate the platelets, as well as other molecules and components, found within the sample and place the product over the surgical wounds to help you heal after treatment.
How Is PRF Made?
The process for making PRF is fairly straightforward. When you arrive for your procedure, we take a small sample of blood. This sample is spun in centrifuge located right in our office. The centrifuge spins rapidly to separate the different components of your blood. At the center of the sample, coagulation begins to occur, leading to a formation of a fibrin network that traps platelets within it. After the centrifuge has finished spinning, we remove this center section and press it to remove excess liquid, creating your PRF. Once your procedure is complete, the PRF is then placed over the wounds, immediately going to work to aid in healing.
Uses for PRF
PRF can be used in some different situations, including:
- Covering over surgical wounds, speeding up the healing process and reducing the risks of infection.
- Following the extraction of a tooth to cover the empty socket.
Coating dental implants.
- Covering over the roots of teeth affected by gum recession to aid in soft tissue regeneration.
The Benefits of PRF
There are numerous benefits associated with PRF:
- You heal faster following dental treatments. With extra platelets, your surgical wounds can heal much faster, reducing your recovery time.
- You have a lower risk of infection. With faster healing, there is less of a chance for bacteria to enter surgical wounds, significantly lowering your risk for developing infections during your recovery.
- Many patients experience less pain and swelling during the recovery process.
- With PRF, we can help you maintain more of your natural tissues.
PRF uses your blood to help speed up the healing process, lowering your risk for complications. Call Beyond Dental and Implant Center to learn more.