In the last six months, I have been using platelet rich plasma to help accelerate healing. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is obtained by drawing the patient's own blood. The blood is then place in a centrifuge (which spins the blood at 3000rpm) for 10 minutes. After which time, the PRP is extracted from the patient's blood.
The platelets are key in blood clotting for the body. But, the platelets also contain hundreds of proteins and growth factors which are important in healing. PRP is a concentration of their proteins and growth factors. By using the patient's own blood, we can accelerate this healing.
PRP is used in medicine to help with healing in dermatology, sports injury, arthritis and other fields of medicine.
In dentistry, PRP is used after extraction to decreased infection and help with healing; post wisdom teeth extraction to decrease chances of dry socket; and with bone/tissue grafts. PRP is also used to help with implant treatment.
Until next month, keep smiling
Dr. Ian Gray and Staff