Platelet Rich Fibrin
Platelet rich plasma (PRF) is a provisional 3-dimensional matrix made of fibrin that accelerates wound healing. It contains a number of growth factors found in human blood centrifuged to reach supra-physiological doses that assist in tissue regeneration. PRF significantly decreases the rate of infection up to 10 fold, especially following molar extractions and prior/during implant placement. Patient’a report less morbidity, swelling, and use of analgesics following regeneration. In many clinicals indications, may be used alone to replace the high costs associated with bone grafts, connective tissue grafts, and/or barrier membranes.
What happens with PRF?
Platelet rich plasma is a liquid form, and platelet rich fibrin is a gelled membrane form of the products that we make from a small quantity of blood that we take from the patient just before their dental procedure. This blood is drawn in test tubes and then spun in a centrifuge which separates the blood into it’s individual components: 1. plasma, 2. red blood cells and 3. a small but very concentrated quantity of white blood cells and platelets called the buffy coat. It’s this buffy coat layer that contains the healing and growth factors that we use to enhance healing.
These products, processed from your own blood are then immediately placed into the surgical site. The scientifically proven positive effects of this procedure include better and faster soft tissue (gums) and hard tissue (bone) healing and regeneration. Because the healing occurs faster than usual, there is less chance of infection, dry socket, failed implants or failed grafting. These procedures are especially helpful to those who otherwise might have impaired healing such as diabetics , smokers, and others with chronic or acute conditions which can interfere with healing.