No one likes dry sockets, especially after a dental surgery. Doctor Austria understands that the patient’s comfort is one of the most important things during the recovery of a dental surgery. That is why he is one of the only doctors in Oregon who uses Platelet Rich Plasma during dental procedures.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a by-product of blood that is exceptionally rich in platelets. PRP has long been used in hospitals to accelerate the body’s own healing process, but it is only fairly recently that advances in technology have allowed this same technique to be used in the dental office.
PRP is becoming more mainstream, with sports medicine implementing the therapy. Athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods have had platent-rich plasma therapy to help with recover times after an injury.
Growth factors are an essential part of the body’s healing process. These are molecules that trigger the various stages of the healing of tendons, ligaments’ and bones.
When injury occurs, the damaged cells and exposed collagen proteins stimulate an inflammatory process.
PRP is useful with white cells are also included to assist healing further by reducing inflammation and fighting infection. This is especially useful and relatively new to the dental industry.
The blood platelets perform several essential functions in the body, including blood clot formation and the release of growth factors that help to heal wounds. These growth factors stimulate the stem cells to produce new host tissue as quickly as possible, which is why platelet rich plasma is so effective in the post-treatment healing process. There are several ways in which PRP can be used in clinical dentistry:
• Bone Grafting For Implants – This includes closure of a cleft lip and cleft palate deformities, sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, and both inlay and onlay grafts.
• Bone Repair – PRP can be used in facial trauma reconstruction, repairing of defects due to tooth removal, or the removal of growths and cysts.
• Fistula Repair – This includes the repair of fistulas between the mouth and the sinus cavity.
If you have any questions about treatment with platelet rich plasma or would like to find out if you are a candidate and can benefit from this treatment, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.