Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. New technology permits the doctor to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from blood drawn from the patient while they are having outpatient surgery. PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. Thus, PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently. It is frequently used in athletes to recover from their injuries in a more rapid and predictive manner.
By adding PRP to the implant site with bone substitute particles, the implant surgeon can now grow bone more predictably and faster than ever before. During the surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than 15 minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use. Uses of PRP includes, but not limited to:
- Bone grafting for dental implants. This includes onlay and inlay grafts, sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation procedures, and closure of cleft, lip, and palate defects.
- Repair of bone defects creating by removal of teeth or small cysts.
- Repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth.