The Amazing Platelet
Did you know that you have a special cell within your blood that has amazing regenerative ability? It’s called a platelet and it has the ability to promote bone and soft tissue healing in the body. Platelets have hundreds of growth factors that encourage the body to produce new tissue. In the mouth, the ability to grow bone and gum tissue is important, especially if reconstruction with dental implants is desired.
At GeislerOMS, platelets are concentrated from your whole blood by spinning a blood sample in a centrifuge. This process concentrates the platelets into something called Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP for short. PRP can then be applied in the mouth to areas where soft tissue and bone regeneration are needed.
Numerous medical studies have shown that PRP can increase the healing of bone as well as soft tissue. It is being used to treat osteoarthritis in the hips and knees to good effect, has been demonstrated to increase hair regrowth in patients suffering from hair loss as well as stimulate collagen production in scarred skin. Athletes with injury to muscle groups often will have PRP injected into the site of injury to speed up healing.
In oral and maxillofacial surgery, PRP has shown great promise in the areas of bone regeneration such as sinus lifting in preparation for dental implant reconstruction, treatment of deep jaw bone infections caused by a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, and for patients with cleft lip and palate. We have also found that PRP decreases pain and also increases the rate of healing in our practice.
If you are considering dental implant reconstruction, ask us about PRP. It is truly a wonderful, natural adjunct to healing.
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