Platelet Rich Plasma
Port Angeles, WA
When it comes to healing after any type of surgery, you will want every advantage possible.
That is why at Turella Oral Surgery in Port Angeles, WA we are so excited about platelet rich plasma!
This is a fairly new treatment that boosts the defenses that the body already has to cut down on the amount of time that it will take to heal.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in the dental industry since the early 1990s. It was rarely used though, since most machines were only available in hospitals or blood banks, making it extremely costly.
However, thanks to the recent innovations in the dental industry, it has become more commonplace than ever before and is now relatively cheap.
Platelet rich plasma is a treatment that will help you to heal faster. It is used after many different types of surgeries; this includes oral surgery.
Your blood is made up of many different parts. Some of those parts have healing properties. That is what platelet rich plasma is all about. We will use the properties that are found in your blood to help to speed the healing process.
Before you have your surgery, we will draw a small amount of your blood. Since it is your blood you will know that it is a perfect match.
While the surgery is taking place, we will send the blood into the lab in the back. It will then be put into a machine that is known as a centrifuge. The centrifuge will then spin the blood so fast that it will separate into its different components. From that, we end up with platelet rich plasma.
What does PRP Do?
Platelet rich plasma therapy is now used to help reduce the healing times of procedures, promote tissue and bone repair, and reduce overall pain from invasive dental procedures.
Stephen J. Turella, DMD uses this type of therapy for patients who need a ridge augmentation (bone graft), bone repair, or fistula repair.
How Does PRP Work?
Platelet rich plasma therapy can take advantage of the body's ability to naturally heal by taking platelets from the blood to greatly accelerate the process.
When your body begins the healing process, it sends platelets to the trauma site to initiate a speedy recovery.
PRP works by using a platelet rich plasma centrifuge machine to curate these platelets by using your blood.
Normally, your body produces around 150,000 platelets per liter. However, the machine can create a volume of around 1,000,000 platelets per liter, giving us a high concentration of super-healing platelets.
When we use PRP, we transfer this high concentration of platelets directly to the trauma site. This creates highly differentiated cells, which is critical to healing and rebuilding tissue.
It is also linked to rebuilding bone at a faster rate since it creates bone morphogenetic protein. This is important if you are getting a bone graft in your mouth, which can take up to a year to grow and recover from on its own.
This process can increase bone regeneration, significantly reducing the time between your recovery and getting a dental implant.
What Is PRP Used for in Clinical Dentistry?
PRP can be used for almost any dental procedure since its ability to increase recovery time is beneficial anywhere. However, we often use it for bone grafting required for dental implants.
When Would I Need PRP/Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP usage can range from ridge augmentations, sinus lifts, cleft lip and cleft palate deformities, and onlay and inlay grafts.
The use of PRP will reduce the recovery time, heal bone and tissue quicker, and prevent any infections from occurring.
We also use it for bone repair including defective tooth extractions, facial reconstruction, and removal of any oral pathology that involves growths or cysts.
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What Are Some Advantages of Getting PRP?
There are many advantages associated with PRP beyond just quicker healing: it is safe, cost-effective, convenient, and easy for our dental staff to handle.
|| PRP is a safe procedure because it uses your blood, which prevents the transmission of any diseases often seen in blood transfusions.
||It is also a convenient procedure thanks to the advancement in technology that allows us to produce the platelets on-site, at our office. This means the machine can produce the platelets while you undergo your surgery and is ready when we need it.
||PRP is a cost-effective procedure since we can create the number of platelets needed from only 20 to 60 cc of blood, which removes the unnecessary expense of getting it from a blood bank or hospital.
||Most importantly, it is easy for our staff to produce and handle it, making it a relatively simple therapy procedure.
Schedule a Consultation With Your Port Angeles, WA Oral Surgeon Today!
If you are undergoing an invasive procedure, let our staff at Turella Oral Surgery know you have an interest in getting platelet rich plasma therapy. We will review your case and see if this a suitable treatment option for you following any surgical procedure you need. Give us a call today at (360) 912-8244 to schedule an appointment.