Eberhardt Dentistry

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) | Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) | Dentistry in Akron, Ohio

Platelet-rich plasma (or PRP)  and Platelet-Rich Fibrin (or PRF) therapy is a treatment that can help you heal following a dental procedure. Platelets are small cells found in your blood. If they come into contact with air, they help the blood clot. PRP has a high concentration of plasma, and PRP contains natural chemicals called growth factors that aid in the healing process. The platelet-rich fibrin, PRF is used in dentistry for periodontal regeneration and post-extraction site preservation. The PRF is a reservoir of platelets that will slowly release growth factors and cytokines, which are the key factors for regeneration of the bone and maturation of the soft tissue. PRP and PRF are biocompatible to living tissues and economically inexpensive. The goal is the local release of growth factors, in turn accelerating hard- and soft-tissue healing.

PRP injections are also used in sports medicine to treat muscle injuries and as a treatment for hair loss and knee osteoarthritis.

Why Use Platelet-Rich Plasma and Platelet-Rich Fibrin?

Platelet-rich plasma and Platelet-Rich Fibrin are helpful in dental surgery when there is a wound that needs to heal. This could happen if the surgery involves placing an implant, repairing the bone or adding a bone graft. This is because the surgeon must make an opening to reach the bone.

PRP and PRF can speed healing by encouraging openings to close faster, which reduces the chance of an infection developing. PRP and PRF are taken from the patient’s own blood, so there is no risk of disease transmission from PRP or PRF.

If you have certain conditions that prevent blood from clotting, you might not be eligible to use PRP or PRF therapy.

What Do I Need to Know about PRP and PRF Therapy?

If your dental surgeon uses PRP and PRF in your procedure, a small amount of blood will be drawn. A machine called a centrifuge will spin the blood very fast so that the platelets and the plasma separate from other blood cells. This increases the concentration of platelets. The PRP and PRF are then removed from the blood. After surgery, PRP and PRF are applied to the wound for optimal healing.

To learn more about PRP and PRF used in dental surgery and healing and how it can help you, please call Eberhardt Dentistry at (330) 836-558 today.