MD Periodontics uses Platelet-Rich Fibrin to Improve your Healing Process
The goal of periodontics is to give you a healthy, attractive smile. And the best oral surgery outcomes depend on a healthy healing process. To this end, we at MD Periodontics Beverly Hills have started using platelet-rich fibrin to promote faster healing.
Although platelet-rich fibrin is commonly used for plastic surgery, hair loss treatment, heart surgery, and treating injured ligaments, advances in technology have now made it possible for PRF to be used in dental practices. When needed, we provide our patients with PRF for their gum surgery, dental implants, or wisdom teeth extractions.
What is platelet-rich fibrin (PRF)?
You may have heard of platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP); cosmetic surgeons commonly use PRP injections. Like PRP, platelet-rich fibrin also comes from the patient’s own blood.
Blood drawn from the patient is run through a centrifuge to separate it into its key components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. We then concentrate and enrich the plasma with additional blood components, including:
- Fibrin: a key blood protein required for clotting
- White Blood Cells: the blood cells responsible for fighting infection
- Platelets: cell fragments that form clots and prevent bleeding
- Growth Factors & Cytokines: small proteins that stimulate the production of new blood cells
PRF is called “platelet-rich” because the concentration of platelets is significantly higher than normal blood, thus increasing the healing factor. The concentration of platelets in PRF treatment is even higher than the concentration in PRP treatment.
What are the benefits of PRF treatment?
Using platelet-rich fibrin helps the body regenerate soft tissue and bone which causes the body to heal faster. Decreasing the healing time greatly reduces the chance of complications including implant or graft failure and infections.
PRF treatment is especially beneficial for patients who are prone to infection or have slowed healing due to diabetes or other conditions that decrease blood flow. But PRF is potentially beneficial for all patients to help promote healing and decrease downtime after surgical procedures.
Using platelet-rich fibrin in dentistry reduces the risk of infection and improves the success rate of grafting and dental implants.
PRF in Dentistry
At MD Periodontics, we use PRF in many procedures. For patients who need bone grafting before implants, PRF decreases healing time and increases graft success. PRF in wisdom teeth removal prevents dry socket condition. We may use platelet-rich fibrin in gum grafting procedures, dental implant surgery, and tooth extractions. This increases the success rates of these procedures.
And even better, there is no risk of disease transmission because the PRF comes from the patient’s own body. This also means the body won’t reject the material!
More benefits of PRF in periodontics include:
- Socket preservation following tooth extraction
- Faster healing and osseointegration of dental implants
- Predictable bone grafts
- Promotes soft tissue healing after oral surgery
- No risk of allergic reaction
How is Platelet Rich Fibrin Differ from PRP therapy?
Platelet-rich fibrin ( PRF) is different from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in a few important ways.
Both PRF and PRP use a small amount of the patient’s blood, which is then put into a centrifuge in the office and spun at a fast rate. This separates out the “active ingredients” used in PRF and PRP from the other parts of the blood that are not.
PRF is centrifuged at a much slower velocity than PRP for a few reasons:
- The slower rate of spinning allows for more stem cells and white cells to remain in the in the “platelet rich” area. Therefore the platelet-concentrate found in PRF has more active cells that are able to participate in the healing and rejuvenating process.
- The concentration of platelets found in PRF is significantly higher than that seen in PRP, paving the way for more effective treatments.
- Unlike PRP, no anti-coagulant or blood thinner is used during the centrifugation process of the PRF. So fibrin is generated in the sample, creating a gelatinous fluid (called a “matrix” or “scaffolding”) which securely contains the platelets and cells, allowing for a controlled and methodical release of growth factors at a slower rate. It is this action that promotes better wound healing, creates new collagen, and helps create new blood vessels.
We may use platelet-rich fibrin in gum grafting procedures, dental implant surgery, and tooth extractions.
Why Choose MD Periodontics as your Beverly Hills Periodontist?
At MD Periodontics we serve patients throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding area at our Beverly Hills clinic. Our patients are accustomed to receiving cutting-edge treatment options such as PRF therapy. As one of the few providers for many advanced procedures, we attract new patients who are unable to get the treatments they desire closer to home.
A consultation with either Dr. Moshrefi or Dr. Daneshmand is the first step on your journey to a healthy solution to tooth restoration, and a smile you can happily share.
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