Platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, is a byproduct of blood that is chock-full of platelets and growth factors. These elements are extremely valuable to biological functions such as accelerating wound healing, blood clot formation and preventing infection.
Rohnert Park dentist Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles uses PRF to speed up healing, prevent infection and reduce post-operative symptoms after dental procedures. Read on as Dr. Sutton explains what you should know about PRF and how he uses it.
What Platelet-Rich Fibrin Is Used For
Dr. Sutton uses platelet-rich fibrin in several different ways, including wisdom tooth removal and other cases of tooth extraction, as well as dental implant and bone grafting procedures.
The growth factors in PRF accelerate tissue regeneration for a speedier recovery after these dental procedures. Recovering faster decreases the risk of later complications. PRF also decreases swelling, pain and discomfort after dental treatment.
For patients receiving dental implants, PRF can accelerate the process of osseointegration, during which the bone and the implant post bond. It can also reduce the chance of implant failure. In cases of tooth extraction, the PRF protects the site from infection, as the open space is otherwise susceptible to bacteria, saliva and other contaminants. It also decreases the risk of dry socket, which is an extremely uncomfortable complication after tooth extraction.
Obtaining platelet-rich fibrin is a fairly straightforward process and happens prior to the dental procedure. Dr. Sutton draws a vial of blood, similar to how blood is taken during a medical procedure. Then, he spins the blood in a centrifuge for about 10 to 15 minutes. This separates the red blood cells and clear plasma layer from the PRF layer, which is yellow and thick. The PRF is then placed directly at the tooth extraction site or the site where the dental implant is placed. Since it is your own blood, there is no risk of transmission problems.
Learn More about Using PRF in Dental Treatment
For more information about how Dr. Sutton uses PRF to reduce complications and accelerate recovery, please call (707) 585-2555 or email Sonoma Smiles today.
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