Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is garnering lots of attention in the world of oral surgery — and for a good reason. The procedure, which involves placing a patient’s own platelets at the surgical site, helps promote a faster and more efficient healing and stimulates new tissue growth.
Here’s the lowdown on platelet-rich plasma and how it is used to enhance a patient’s healing experience after oral and maxillofacial surgery.
How Platelet-Rich Plasma Works
After the patient is sedated for the oral surgery procedure, a small amount of blood is taken from a vein and placed in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the rest of the blood components. This concentrated volume of platelets contains growth factors that stimulate tissue regeneration and help with blood clotting.
In a wide range of oral surgery procedures involving bone grafting, PRP can help the grafting material take hold and prompt stem cells to grow new tissues.
Applications of PRP
PRP is sometimes added to autogenous or allograft bone grafting material before it is placed in areas that require more bone tissue. Oral surgeons use PRP in the following procedures:
- Repairing bone defects: Removing teeth, cysts or tumors from the mouth can compromise the integrity of the underlying bone, which needs to be rebuilt with grafts.
- Repairing oral antral fistulas: Following the extraction of upper molars, a small opening between the mouth and sinus cavity can occur. Sometimes, the hole closes on its own, but in some cases, an oral surgeon must rebuild the wall of bone between the gums and sinus cavity and close the hole with sutures.
- Repairing cleft lip and palate: These birth anomalies can cause defects of the gums, alveolar ridge and the roof of the mouth, and repair often requires bone grafting.
- Preparing for dental implant placement: Dental implants require a strong, dense layer of jawbone tissue to anchor them in place. Patients who have experienced extensive bone resorption after losing teeth or those who require a sinus lift procedure can benefit from bone grafting and PRP prior to dental implant placement.
PRP in Central Florida
For the most advanced oral surgery treatments in Winter Park, Florida, and the surrounding communities, contact sought-after oral surgeon Dr. Don Tillery or Dr. Andonis Terezides today.
Always looking for new ways to facilitate efficient healing and enhance patient comfort, Dr. Tillery and Dr. Terezides continuously undergo extensive continuing education training throughout the year to ensure that they offer the latest surgical techniques to their patients.