Dental Implants and Platelet Rich Fibrin
Dental implants are the most popular option for replacing missing teeth. This revolutionary treatment provides numerous benefits over traditional bridges and dentures, including improved aesthetics, better functioning, greater comfort, and permanence. Unlike other replacement options, however, implants require a surgical procedure. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we can help to speed up the recovery process and reduce your risk for complications with platelet-rich fibrin.
Getting Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are placed in a surgical procedure. After a local anesthetic and sedation, we make small incisions in your gums, which exposes your jawbone underneath. Next, we drill holes into the bone, according to your customized treatment plan and insert the implants inside. Finally, we suture your gums closed around the posts. Before we place temporary teeth on your implants, which will restore some of the functions of your missing teeth while you heal, we also apply platelet-rich fibrin to the surgical wounds.
What Is Platelet Rich Fibrin?
Platelet-rich fibrin, commonly abbreviated as PRF, is a product that is made using your blood. Platelets are a component of your blood that contains growth factors which are responsible for helping your body to heal. With PRF, we concentrate the platelets in your blood, which then introduces more growth factors to the surgical sites. This aids in speeding up the healing process. It has been used in hospitals for years before being introduced to the dental world.
How Is Platelet Rich Fibrin Made?
To make platelet rich fibrin, we take a small sample of your blood. Usually, only two ounces are needed. The blood is drawn right before your implant procedure. We then place the sample in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins at high speeds, separating the platelets from the red blood cells. The PRF is removed from the sample. As soon as your surgical wounds are sutured closed, the PRF is applied in a thick layer over them. A fibrin network then forms, and it traps cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that signal other cells in the body to gather at the wounds to begin repairing your tissues. This aids in expediting the healing process.
Benefits of Platelet Rich Fibrin for Dental Implants
There are numerous benefits of PRF for dental implants. These benefits include:
By using your blood, we can help to speed up your recovery and reduce your risk for infections and other complications following dental implant surgery. For more information, call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery today at (805) 267-9766.
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