Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is obtained from a centrifuged sample of patients’ blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. This new regenerative medical technology permits us to harvest and produce a concentration of stem cell growth factors from a concentrate of platelets blood drawn from the patient while they are having outpatient surgery.
What do PRF/PRP Growth Factors do?
PRP/PRF growth factors enhance the body’s normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors (GF) into the wound. These GF (platelet derived growth factors PGDF, transforming growth factor beta TGF, and insulin-like growth factor ILGF) function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors released sequestered into the wound, the more stem cells stimulated to produce new host tissue. PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.
As PRP/PRF modulates and enhances wound healing it is used during many dental implant related procedures including tooth extractions and socket augmentation and other soft and hard tissue bone grafts.
Safety: PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
Convenience: PRP can be generated while the patient is undergoing the surgical procedure, such as placement of dental implants.
Faster healing: PRP, and regenerative growth factors, produce an increase of tissue synthesis and thus faster tissue regeneration and wound healing.
Ease of use: PRP is easy to handle and actually improves the ease of application of bone substitute materials and bone grafting products by making them adhere together in to a fibrin scaffold.
How is PRP/PRF prepared? Just before your treatment starts a small amount of your own blood is collected by the surgeon or a phlebotomy trained nurse. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down at 1500 rpm. In less than 15 minutes, the PRP is formed and mixed with the bone biomaterials using a sterile syringe.
Are there any contraindications to PRP/PRF? Patients with bleeding disorders or certain medical conditions do not qualify for this procedure. Occasionally it is impossible for the team to collect sufficient amount of blood from some individuals with difficult venous access.
Cutting edge Plasma (PRF/PRP) Regenerative equipment is used at Ucer Clinic to produce adult growth factors for enhanced hard and soft tissue regeneration during implant operations.
Tropocells® (Estar Medical) Pure PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) is an autologous fibrin scaffold that consists of large quantity of platelet cytokines and growth factors obtained from each patients own blood sample by our trained in-house phlebotomy team. PRF has been shown to enhance wound and graft healing.
Sticky bone graft: a mixture of pure PRF and Bone substitute materials enhances wound and graft healing.