The power of platelet rich plasma (PRP) has recently been used with great success in a variety of medical purposes, including some related to oral surgery. Prior to the recent revolution in PRP use, these therapies were largely confined to hospitals due to the expense of obtaining PRP and the large quantity of blood required to produce a sufficient amount. Thanks to new technologies and techniques, however, PRP therapies are more accessible. Patients today can obtain all the benefits of PRP with platelets drawn from a minimal amount of blood during an outpatient procedure.
What does PRP do?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a byproduct of blood, meaning it is safe, natural, and an extension of your own body’s resources and natural healing agents. Your body uses cells and cell types such as platelets to restore wounds; applying PRP serves to seriously accelerate the body’s natural healing process. This can be useful in bone grafting for implants, repairing bone defects in the mouth caused by missing teeth, and more.
Benefits of PRP
Using PRP is safe since the substance is natural and derived from the patient’s own blood, eliminating the risk of rejection, transmitting diseases, causing complications, and so forth.
PRP is very straightforward to use and can improve the application process for bone substitute materials in bone grafts.
Using PRP assists in faster recovery, meaning you will heal quicker and be able to get back to your normal routine in less time. PRP expedites regeneration of tissue and facilitates tissue synthesis.
Now that PRP can be harvested from just 55 cc of the patient’s blood on an outpatient basis, it is much more reasonable and cost effective for everyone to utilize this advanced treatment option.
Due to the ease of harvesting PRP, it can be collected during an outpatient procedure such as dental implant placement.