Platelet Rich Plasma
When implants are placed in the jawbone or when teeth are extracted, there is a healing process involved. Surgery is a man-made concept and your body needs time to adjust to the changes made to it and the goal in the medical field is to ensure each patient heals safely after each procedure done. One of the ways we stimulate healing is by creating and using platelet-rich plasma. But what exactly is this? Today, we are going over what you need to know about it and how it is able to help patients recover from their surgeries. At East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we want to ensure that each patient gets the care they need to lead healthy lives post-procedure.
This is Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP is created from blood, specifically your own blood. Platelets are cells in your body responsible for healing wounds, including wounds created after surgical procedures such as extractions and implant placement. PRP is simply a concentration of these cells.
How Is Platelet Rich Plasma Made?
The procedure involves extracting the platelets from your blood to make a highly concentrated injection that speeds up the recovery process in the area it is used in. After drawing a sample of your blood it is then placed in a centrifuge where it is then spun, separating the red blood cells and plasma. Next the plasma is spun by itself to concentrate the platelets. This is then injected into the surgical wound to stimulate the healing process. Overall, this procedure is relatively simple while being highly effective.
Another form of good news is that PRP is done the same day as your surgery, there is no need to come back specifically to have PRP treatment done. The sooner we can start the healing process, which is the most challenging at the beginning for the patient, the better it is for the patient.
How Does PRP Help With Implants?
You might be wondering how PRP can benefit after dental implant surgery. Not only does it speed up the healing process, but it also helps bone grow faster, which is very helpful for bone grafts which can take quite a long time on their own to fully complete. It can also help increase the rate of which the jawbone is fused with the implants themselves after implant placement - meaning you can get your teeth sooner!
Is This Safe?
Absolutely, we simply draw what is in your blood and place it back in a concentrated form. Platelets are good for your body and will not cause harm when in higher doses in a single area. These cells will heal your wounds and the more of them there are, the more efficient the healing process is.
Talk To Us About Mouth Reconstruction
If you are in need of replacing lost teeth or treating other oral related issues, we are here to help at East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us or ask any questions, you can give our office a call at (860) 934-7809.