The success of any medical or dental treatment depends largely on the body’s ability to heal properly. For some individuals, the healing process does not work as well as it should. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, can be an excellent option for patients requiring dental surgery such as dental implants with bone grafting, fistula repair, or bone repair.
- Understanding PRP: PRP is plasma that is separated from the patient’s own blood and then concentrated with platelets. Producing PRP only requires a two ounce sample of blood. Because the patient’s blood is used rather than blood from donor banks, there is absolutely no risk of contracting a blood-borne disease.
- PRP in Dentistry: Blood platelets assist with the healthy formation of blood clots and contribute to the development of cells. As a result, the healing process is accelerated when PRP is used after a dental procedure. If your dentist decides that PRP can benefit you, he or she will place a heavy application of the plasma on your surgical site topically. In addition to no risk of disease transmission, PRP also helps protect against other infections, because it helps to seal the wound almost immediately.
- Benefits of Using PRP: The most notable benefit of using PRP is the accelerated healing experienced by the patient. In addition, most patients report feeling more comfortable immediately after surgery than those who have not received PRP. There is also a lowered risk of post-procedure complications when PRP is utilized.
If you are preparing for bone grafting for dental implants or other oral surgery, ask your dentist to assess your candidacy for PRP. At Redondo Beach Dental Group, we offer dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, treatment for periodontal disease, and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Call (310) 542-6988 today to learn more about our dental services or to schedule a dental appointment.