Platelet Rich Plasma
Healing after a dental procedure such as a tooth extraction or the first part of dental implants can take time. That is why scientists are always trying to find ways to speed up the healing process. One fairly new treatment that we have had much success with is known as platelet rich plasma. Here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry we have used platelet rich plasma to help many patients to heal faster. Here are the basics of this exciting new option.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma and What Does It Do?
Platelet rich plasma is being used in many different medical fields. In dentistry, we use it to speed up healing after several different types of oral surgery. With platelet rich plasma, we will draw a small amount of your blood right before your surgery. It will not be a lot of blood, just a vial or two.
We will then start the surgery, while the blood will be taken into the back. There it will be placed into a machine that will separate it for us into its different components. After the surgery, we will take the part that contains the platelets and the plasma, and we will apply that to the area where you just had the surgery.
Platelet rich plasma has been shown to help speed up the rejuvenation process after surgery. This is beneficial for both your gums and your teeth. If part of the surgery was a bone graft, it would help that to heal faster as well. One thing that is important with platelet rich plasma is that it is your blood that is used. That way we know that it will be an exact match, which is going to help you to heal faster. We use platelet rich plasma in many different types of dental surgeries. It has helped many patients who have had one of more teeth extracted.
We also are using it often for dental implants. With implants, we will need to place screws in your jaw and wait for them to fuse to the bone. We want the healing process to go as quickly as possible, which is where platelet rich plasma comes in.
Do not expect platelet rich plasma to be a miracle cure. You are still going to have to take the time to heal. You will need to follow our instructions, and you will need to be careful. Still, platelet rich plasma can make a difference. Your body has an incredible power to heal itself after a surgery or an injury. With platelet rich plasma, we are giving your body more of what it needs to fight.
With platelet rich plasma, there is not only a faster healing time, there is less of a chance of infection. If you are having a dental surgery here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry, make sure that you ask us about platelet rich plasma. Ask us even if you do not have a surgery scheduled. Call us at (312) 757-6434, we would be happy to answer your questions.