Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is exactly what the name suggests. The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood and the large amount of blood needed to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. Now, we have new technology which permits our doctors to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from a patient right here in our offices.
PRP Has Many Clinical Applications
Bone grafting for dental implants. This includes onlay and inlay grafts, sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation procedures, and closure of cleft, lip, and palate defects. Repair of bone defects creating by removal of teeth or small cysts. Repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth.
PRP Has Many Advantages
PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
PRP can be generated in the doctor’s office while the patient is undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure, such as placement of dental implants, and/or Sinus lifts along with other types of bone augmentation.
The supersaturation of the wound with PRP, and thus growth factors, produces an increase of tissue synthesis and thus faster tissue regeneration.
Since PRP harvesting is done within the doctor’s office, the patient need not incur the expense of the harvesting procedure in hospital or at the blood bank.
Ease of use
PRP is easy to handle and actually improves the ease of application of bone substitute materials and bone grafting products by making them more gel-like.