Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is among the most exciting innovations in modern dentistry. Eugene J. Kim, DDS, of Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers PRP therapy as one of many services aimed at helping you achieve your happiest and healthiest smile possible. If you’d like to explore PRP therapy in greater detail, call today.
Platelet-rich plasma is a powerful solution created from your own blood. The process requires relatively little blood, which takes just moments to withdraw in a procedure similar to donating blood.
This treatment uses your own cells to prompt your innate healing powers. One of the reasons so many men and women pursue PRP therapy is because the product is created from your own body. There are no fillers, stabilizers, additives, or preservatives present.
This means your body can get to work making use of the components of PRP right away. In dental applications, PRP can help with bone defects, bone grafting, plate defects, ridge augmentation, sinus lifts, and inlays or onlays.
Once your blood is drawn, Dr. Kim and his team place the sample into a centrifuge. As the blood spins at a high rate of speed, the liquid components (plasma and water) separate from the solids (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets).
Once isolated, Dr. Kim reintroduces the platelets into the newly cleared plasma. Platelets have tons of growth factors, which work to speed cellular turnover and promote swift healing. The solution can then be injected into the treatment site as needed.
Platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, is a similar product available through Dr. Kim. This formulation is made in much the same way as PRP but leaves more stem cells and white blood cells in the plasma, as well as a higher concentration of platelets. Dr. Kim can guide you toward the option best suited for your needs.
One of the reasons PRP is such a popular treatment is the fact that it’s such a safe procedure. Because the solution comes from your own blood cells, there’s virtually no risk of infection or rejection.
Faster healing also reduces your risk of infection and allows your tissues to fuse together and prevent unwanted substances like bacteria and viruses to enter your body. While PRP is currently receiving a great deal of attention, the process has been in use in dentistry for decades.
In terms of expense, PRP therapy may be covered by your insurance, but many companies haven’t yet embraced the benefits of PRP therapy. The Pinnacle Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implants staff can check your insurance coverage and help you make the best decision for your needs.
If you have questions about the role PRP therapy might play in your customized treatment plan, call today to learn more.