PRF - Platelet Rich Fibrin Technology
Although platelet rich fibrin is commonly used in plastic, heart and orthopedic surgeries, advances in technology have now made it possible for PRF to be used in dental practices.
At Koski DePaul Dental Group we provide our patients with PRF when needed to promote faster healing when undergoing gum surgery or having dental implants or wisdom teeth extractions.
Using PRF helps the body regenerate soft tissue and bone causing the body to heal much faster. This greatly reduces the chance of complications leading to implant or graft failure and infections. Using platelet rich fibrin is especially useful for those with diabetes and other conditions which impair healing due to reduced blood flow.
What is Platelet Rich Fibrin made of?
Platelet rich fibrin is a component of the blood. To obtain PRF a small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and run through a centrifuge. This separates the blood into components; red blood cells, plasma, white blood cells and platelets. It is the concentrate of platelets which promotes healing. Platelet rich fibrin is a concentrate of white blood cells, platelets and fibrin. This material contains Platelet Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) which accelerates healing to a marked degree.
PRF concentrates healing power
At Koski DePaul Dental Group, PRF is used in many procedures. Patients without sufficient bone mass for dental implants require bone grafting. Using PRF decreases the time needed for healing as well as the possibility of failed grafts. Using PRF in wisdom tooth removal prevents a condition called dry socket which is painful and can result in infection.
Using platelet rich fibrin in gum grafting procedures, dental implant surgery and extractions increases the success of these procedures because of the enhanced healing power of platelets generated from the patient’s own blood. This not only provides peace of mind for patients since there is no risk of disease transmission. It also ensures that the body will not reject the material.
What patients can expect?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Koski will determine if you are a good candidate for PRF treatment in relation to your anticipated procedure. While most patients can safely undergo this treatment, those with blood clotting diseases or who are on certain medications cannot have this treatment.
Once cleared for PRF treatment, your blood will be drawn prior to surgery to prepare the platelets. Following your surgery, the PRF matrix will be applied directly to the surgical site after the sutures are placed. This will not only accelerate healing, it will reduce post-surgical discomfort.
If you have any questions about PRF and how it can help you with your dental issues, call us for an appointment. We will be happy to explain how PRF would be part of your treatment plan.