Platelet-rich fibrin has been around for more than 20 years, but its uses have come a long way. Today, PRF impacts the field of dentistry through improved natural healing.
What Is PRF?
PRF is a technique that involves drawing your blood to collect platelets. PRF accelerates the healing process and decreases surgical pain and swelling for dental implants and wisdom tooth extraction. PRF can also improve the strength of bone’s direct structural and functional connection to implants.
How Does PRF Work?
First, we collect a vial of blood per injection site. We then spin the blood in a centrifuge to separate it into three parts: red blood cells, platelet-rich fibrin, and platelet-poor fibrin.
Once this is done, we will inject the PRF into any damaged or decaying areas to aid in the healing process. PRF is placed directly into the tooth extraction site and implant site.
In the absence of the PRF, dental extractions sites are commonly left to heal open. This can result in pain, swelling, and infection that can lead to other dental issues.
When PRF is placed into the extraction site, it protects the site from infection and enriches the area with proteins that accelerate the healing process.
When Is PRF Used?
Platelet-rich-fibrin is now widely used after many procedures to help expedite the healing process. Some reasons for PRF include:
- Lower Infection Risk – PRF is smeared on the wound after the procedure by the dentist and seals the wound away from infectious agents, lowering the risk of problems.
- Accelerated Healing – The saturation of the wound with PRF helps increase tissue synthesis due to its growth factors, resulting in faster tissue regeneration. Speedier healing decreases the risk of later infections, complications, and discomfort.
- Safety and Convenience – Disease transmission is not an issue since we draw the blood from the patient’s own body. The amount of blood needed is small and can be collected during a routine outpatient procedure.
What Else Should I Expect with PRF?
Before scheduling your procedure, your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for PRF. Patients who have blood clotting disorders can not take advantage of this treatment.
When it’s time for your procedure, we will collect a small blood sample for the PRF process. We will provide detailed care instructions following your procedure based on the work you have done.