Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a therapy designed to encourage the healing of soft tissue cells. The treatment has become increasingly popular with well-known athletes, but it has also shown to encourage the healing for patients who have undergone dental implant surgery or a tooth extract.

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What is PRP?

PRP is a type of therapy used for healing soft tissue. This could be for a wound that won’t heal as quickly as desired, or it can be just as helpful for various types of dental treatments. It makes the healing process more effective – especially for those whose bodies may struggle doing this.

How does PRP work?

PRP works by taking advantage of the component naturally produced in the blood. Blood contains a mixture of small components, and one of those components – along with red and white blood cells – is called a platelet. Platelets found in the blood are responsible for clotting the blood, and they are the primary reason our bodies heal the way they do. They contain hundreds of proteins which cause this natural healing effect.

The practitioner administering this treatment will first need to extract an amount of blood from the patient, and from there, specialised methods will be employed to separate palettes from the blood sample. These will later be added to more blood, effectively increasing the concentration of palettes in the sample, and the sample will be used for the relevant areas.

Who might benefit?

In dentistry, PRP therapy can be used to effectively encourage healing from a range of different minor oral surgeries. It will stimulate tissue regeneration from treatments such as periodontal surgery and tooth extractions, for example. A key area of dentistry would be dental implants. With a higher likelihood of elderly patients requiring dental implants due to tooth loss, the recovering from such a treatment can be difficult to this age-range. Studies support that PRP can be particularly effective for improving the recovery from dental implant surgery, so your dentist may want to discuss this option with you during your initial appointment.

What is PRP?

PRP is a type of therapy used for healing soft tissue. This could be for a wound that won’t heal as quickly as desired, or it can be just as helpful for various types of dental treatments. It makes the healing process more effective – especially for those whose bodies may struggle doing this.

How does PRP work?

PRP works by taking advantage of the component naturally produced in the blood. Blood contains a mixture of small components, and one of those components – along with red and white blood cells – is called a platelet. Platelets found in the blood are responsible for clotting the blood, and they are the primary reason our bodies heal the way they do. They contain hundreds of proteins which cause this natural healing effect.

The practitioner administering this treatment will first need to extract an amount of blood from the patient, and from there, specialised methods will be employed to separate palettes from the blood sample. These will later be added to more blood, effectively increasing the concentration of palettes in the sample, and the sample will be used for the relevant areas.

Who might benefit?

In dentistry, PRP therapy can be used to effectively encourage healing from a range of different minor oral surgeries. It will stimulate tissue regeneration from treatments such as periodontal surgery and tooth extractions, for example. A key area of dentistry would be dental implants. With a higher likelihood of elderly patients requiring dental implants due to tooth loss, the recovering from such a treatment can be difficult to this age-range. Studies support that PRP can be particularly effective for improving the recovery from dental implant surgery, so your dentist may want to discuss this option with you during your initial appointment.