Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Colorado Springs, CO
At SmileCOS Dentistry, Andrew Miller, DDS and Francisco Darquea, DDS specialize in cutting-edge procedures and materials, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), because we want our patients to receive the best possible care. PRP has revolutionized the healing process following outpatient oral surgery. If you need dental implants, or other surgical treatments, PRP can drastically improve your post-operative experience.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
As the name suggests, platelet rich plasma is a by-product of your blood that contains a higher concentration of platelets. These platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for tissue regeneration. This allows your body to take advantage of normal healing pathways at an accelerated rate, expediting the healing period following your surgery.
PRP has been around for a while, but only in a hospital setting. Until recently, it was difficult and expensive to harvest and produce platelet rich plasma without advanced tools. Thanks to improvements in dental technology, we now can produce PRP right here in our lab! It has become commonplace in the medical field to use body cells and tissues to repair cell damage and promote healing. PRP is extensively used in this way for a wide variety of applications including diverse oral cavity related procedures. When PRP is used during dental implant surgery, there is noticeably quicker bone and tissue development and less recovery time. This has also been noticed in tooth extraction procedures as well. It is also effective in gum tissue repair and diminishes extraction related pain. To learn more about PRP services offered by us, please contact SmileCOS Dentistry.
How Platelet Rich Plasma Works
PRP therapy is based on the human body’s natural ability to promote healing and wellbeing. Its application accelerates the body’s natural healing rate. When the healing process begins, the process sends platelets and other cell types to the surgical site for faster healing. The patient’s blood is collected and then spun rapidly, leading to the concentration of platelets. A PRP centrifuge machine is used to do this. Isolated, it contains enhanced growth factors when compared to normal blood. In normal blood, platelet count maxes out at 350,000/1L but in PRP it is as high as 1,000,000/1L.
PRP is imbued with bone morphogenetic protein or BMP. Clinical studies have shown BMP plays a key role in bone formation and repair. In teeth related procedures, deploying PRP therefore helps in growing tissues and bones faster. Application of PRP therapy speeds up healing post tooth extractions significantly.
Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure
These days, the PRP procedure is quicker, safer, and easier than ever before. It all begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, Andrew Miller, DDS will be able to determine if you qualify for platelet rich plasma. Once we determine that you are a suitable candidate, we can schedule your PRP procedure.
First, we will draw a small amount of your blood, about 55 ccs. Next, we place your blood in a centrifuge, where it will be spun at high speeds to separate the platelets from the rest of your plasma. Once the platelets are properly separated, we can move forward with the rest of your surgery.
What Are the Uses of Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP is not only useful in promoting healing post tooth extraction but it can also be beneficial for performing dental implant procedures. People who are planning to have dental implants for aesthetic or health reasons are usually advised to undergo PRP. Since platelet rich plasma aids in bone grafting, recovering from dental implant surgery becomes easier. PRP is also used in various oral and teeth related procedures such as ridge augmentation and sinus lift.
Applications of Platelet Rich Plasma
Because PRP expedites the healing process, it can be used during several surgical procedures. The most common application is bone grafting for dental implants. PRP can ensure your graft fosters the growth of bone healthy and strong enough to support a dental implant.
PRP can also be used to help repair bone and soft tissue defects, such as the closure of a cleft lip or palate. Whether or not we recommend platelet rich plasma treatment depends on your individual circumstance. However, most patients will benefit from this revolutionary procedure.
What Are the Advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP therapy not only speeds up healing in many cases but is incredibly reliable and cost-effective. With a single IV used to sedate the patient during the process, blood can also be drawn to utilize PRP. This means, the patient would not have to come in beforehand to donate their platelets before his/her surgery. Only a small amount of blood is required for generating PRP and it can be done while the patient is having their procedure done.
The many benefits of platelet rich plasma also include:
||Convenience: Your PRP can be generated during the same appointment as your surgery.
||Faster Healing Process: The growth factors in PRP can drastically shorten the duration of your healing process, letting you get back to your day-to-day life as soon as possible.
||Safety: Because PRP comes from your own body, it eliminates the risk of disease transmission and rejection. PRP has an extremely high success rate.
||Easy Application: PRP is easy to use and handle, further improving the safety of your procedure.
||Cost Effective: Thanks to advancements in dental technology, PRP is more cost-effective than ever before. We also believe the benefits of PRP far outweigh the costs.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma Safe?
In the medical community, PRP is safe to use for expedited healing following any medical procedure. As the patient’s blood is taken to be used for PRP, there is an almost non-existent risk of contamination. In very few cases, PRP might not be recommended because of the patient’s current state of health. If they have bleeding disorders or hematologic ailments, it might not be considered.
Schedule a Consultation
You, too, could benefit from platelet rich plasma! Would you like to know more about the PRP procedure in Colorado Springs offered by SmileCOS Dentistry? Call us today at (719) 394-3304 to schedule your consultation appointment!