Patients that are undergoing procedures like periodontal surgery, implant surgery or tooth extractions may be able to heal faster with the use of platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP therapy. It is becoming more widespread in the medical and skin rejuvenation areas, and is sometimes used to provide pain relief.
PRP therapy begins when a sample of the patient’s own blood is taken. This means that the patient is not being treated with a product that is made from another donor. The patient can be spared the adverse reactions that can come from being treated with a foreign substance. With PRP therapy, the only thing that is used is a substance that was there all along.
Once the blood sample is drawn from the patient, its components are separated from one another. The red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are separated. The platelets are then applied to the area where the healing is needed. The growth properties of the platelets will then help to speed up the healing process. It takes place at a faster rate because they are concentrated in the area in question.
Since certain dental procedures result in the body’s healing processes kicking in, PRP therapy can speed the process along. This can be especially beneficial for elderly patients who frequently take longer than normal to heal from the trauma caused by surgery or other incidents.
Dental implants are done when the implant device is inserted into the jawbone. As a result, there must be some healing of the bone in order to restore it to normal function and make the implant secure and usable. Studies done on the benefits of using PRP therapy to speed up the bone regeneration process along have been promising. Patients may enjoy a faster and more comfortable recovery with the use of platelet-rich plasma.
Oral surgery, like surgery anywhere else, by nature induces trauma to the tissue. The healing process is similar to that of recovering from an injury. Likewise, a tooth extraction creates a place where trauma to the gum has taken place. PRP therapy can speed up the healing of soft tissue along also.
PRP therapy may be the ticket to a faster recovery after your dental procedure. During your appointment at the office of Dr. Michael Sohl in Stuart, you can learn more about how PRP therapy may be used in your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!