Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, began gaining popularity during the 1990s in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. Now, dentists see PRP therapy's benefits when used in conjunction with dental implant placement surgery or tooth extractions.
But what is PRP, and how does it work? Here's what you should know.
How PRP Works
PRP accelerates the body's natural healing process using a high concentration of platelets taken from the patient's own blood. These platelets help rebuild tissue and bone, both of which are impacted during implant placement surgery and tooth extraction. Studies have shown that the platelets initiate the healing process at a much faster rate, sometimes as much as six times faster than allowing the body to heal on its own.
Your Vancouver dentist utilizes a centrifuge machine to spin blood drawn from your body rapidly. This results in a high concentration of platelets that, when isolated, contain three to five times more growth factors than you would find in normal blood. The process only requires a small amount of blood that your dentist can easily draw at their office, reducing the procedure's expense.
How PRP Helps
PRP is a simple and cost-effective procedure proven to reduce the patient's discomfort and accelerate the healing process. This is especially helpful for older patients who may have a longer, more difficult time healing, sometimes resulting in irreparable bone loss.
Quicker healing can also reduce the wait time for patients waiting for prosthetic appliances like a denture or tooth implant. It also reduces the risk of the patient developing an infection or other post-surgery complications.
Your trusted dentist in Vancouver, BC strives to bring you leading-edge technology like PRP therapy to make your experience at our dental office more comfortable and efficient. If you're interested in learning more about PRP therapy, we encourage you to contact Alta Dental Studio for more information.