Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is 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 to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate.
During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound. One of those cell types is platelets which assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.
Clinical Applications of PRP
PRP can be used in bone grafting for dental implants, repairing bone defects created by removal of teeth or small cysts, repairing fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth. During an outpatient 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 fifteen minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.
Advantages of PRP
Safety PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
Convenience PRP can be generated in the doctor’s office while the patient is undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure, such as placement of dental implants.
Faster healing The supersaturation of the wound with PRP, and thus growth factors, produces an increase of tissue synthesis and thus faster tissue regeneration.