Platelet rich fibrin, or PRF, is just one of many innovations in dental healing. It’s a holistic treatment geared at aiding with recovery after major dental procedures such as tooth extractions or dental implants. There’s no outside source for this treatment — it’s found right in your own blood and is perfectly safe.
Platelet rich fibrin is a gelatinous-type substance extracted from a patient’s own blood. Because of this, it’s 100 percent cooperative with a patient’s body, so there’s no risk of incompatibility. PRF is commonly used as an alternative to sending a tooth removal patient home with an unfilled and unprotected socket or implant site. It’s also used during certain extraction procedures such as wisdom teeth removal.
At Thornton Park Dental Arts, the first priority is patient comfort; our dentists in Orlando, FL, strive to provide every patient with a beautiful smile with as little discomfort as possible. If you have questions about PRF or our other dental services, contact us today!
Before a dental procedure begins, a dentist draws one vial of blood for each surgical site. The process is the same as when blood is drawn for a typical physical exam. There is nothing added to the blood prior to it being placed in a centrifuge at 2,700 revolutions per minute for 13 minutes. During this time, the blood is separated into three distinct layers: plasma at the top, red blood cells at the bottom, and the PRF in the middle.
PRF is composed of multiple components, each important in dental treatment and quickening healing for wounds.
These are proteins containing anti-inflammatory properties. They fight signs of inflammation such as swelling, pain, increased body temperature, loss of function, and redness, which aids in healing wounds.
Stem cells are somatic cells that can transform into any other kind of cell including muscle, blood or bone cells. They are crucial in helping with tissue regeneration and wound healing.
Fibrin is a mesh-like protein critical to binding all pieces of a blood clot together. It’s also important in hemostasis, which is the process of stopping bleeding, and wound healing.
Platelets are the cells that form blood clots; first, a wound starts to bleed but then platelets form a visible clot that helps to stop that bleeding. PRF is different from regular blood clots because a dentist can place them anywhere in the mouth that needs it, and are more stable.
Also called white blood cells, leukocytes are the blood cells whose specific purpose is to fight infections in the body.
The benefits of PRF in complex dental procedures, especially extractions and implants, cannot be overstated; PRF accelerates healing and prevents infection, making the experience better for both our dental team and patients. Some other benefits include:
A PRF injection only involves the patient’s own blood, so there are no negative reactions to the injections. However, some smaller side effects include irritation, bleeding or pain around the site itself.
To request an appointment or to discuss if PRF is the right treatment option for you, contact us!