Platelet Rich Plasma
In order to stay as healthy as possible, it is important to pay attention to your body and oral health. Even more important than that, might be understanding your body’s natural healing process. When you have to undergo things like dental surgery, you should take care to pay attention to how your body can help you heal properly and quickly. One of the most advantageous things you can do is talk to us about the use of platelet rich plasma in your procedure. At Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, we are happy to offer the latest advancements in dental and oral healthcare to our patients. Platelet rich plasma is a particularly exciting discovery that we think has the potential to help many of our patients.
What is platelet rich plasma?Just as the name implies, platelet rich plasma (PRP) is plasma that is rich in platelets. This is a by-product of your own blood that is used in various processes to help your body better heal and overcome injury and infection. It’s worth noting that PRP is a relatively recent newcomer to the field of dentistry, but not in other areas of medicine. The benefits of PRP are established, but the procedure to separate your platelets from your blood only became reasonably affordable fairly recently. Additionally, a large amount of blood used to be required for the process. Today, a small amount of blood – 55 cc – can be drawn and used to produce PRP that can be used to help promote the healing process.
What does PRP do?You might be wondering exactly why everyone seems so interested and excited about PRP. To put it simply, PRP helps your body take advantage of the healing functions that your body naturally provides. That might seem like a needless addition to the process until you realize that PRP greatly enhances the normal healing ability of your body by focusing more of its attention on a specific wound or area in question. This means that your body sends more cells and healing processes in that specific area, greatly increasing the process’s effectiveness and reducing the amount of time it takes to make a full recovery.
PRP is used in many procedures here at Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery. We use PRP when necessary when it comes to bone grafting, for example, as the final amount of bone generated is often increased by the presence of PRP. The procedure is a safe one, too, since the cells in question come directly from your body. All we have to do is draw a small amount of blood, stick it in a centrifuge, and then pull it back out and apply it wherever we need it to go. The whole process takes maybe 15 to 30 minutes (this doesn’t include the procedure you are actually having done, of course).
Should I use PRP?You should definitely speak with us about whether or not PRP would be a benefit to your procedure!
To find out more about PRP, give us a call today at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576!