What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. The blood in a person’s body is made of blood cells suspended in a fluid called Plasma. Plasma contains platelets, which are cell fragments that the body sends to an injured area to make the bleeding stop (clotting) and accelerate the healing process. In PRP therapy, Dr. K Ashraf draws a small portion of the patient’s blood and then uses a machine called a centrifuge to separate platelets from the plasma. These platelets can then be used during and after treatment to boost the healing process.
How does a centrifuge allow Dr. Ashraf to separate the valuable PRP cells from your blood plasma?
A centrifuge is a highly-calibrated machine that uses the sedimentation principle to separate the particles from a solution. Dr. K Ashraf simply places a small amount of the patient’s blood in a test tube and the centrifuge spins it around, causing the denser particles to move away from the center. Then we remove the PRP and use it to aid your recovery following a dental procedure.
Does the PRP process hurt?
PRP therapy uses the healing ability inside your own blood to speed up the recovery process. Drawing blood causes a momentary twinge of pain and it can leave the affected area sore for a day or two. But after that, the patient shouldn’t feel any additional discomfort.
How much time does the PRP process add to a dental procedure?
The PRP process is fast. It generally takes about 30 minutes and adds little to no extra time to your overall treatment plan. After the blood is drawn, we’ll process and prepare it so it will be ready to use during your dental procedure.
What are the advantages of PRP?
Dr. K Ashraf uses PRP therapy with a variety of different procedures to:
- Protect the tooth socket after extraction
- Promote the healing of bone grafts
- Maximize the effectiveness of sinus lifts
- Initiate faster tissue regeneration after gum tissue grafts
- Encourage healing after dental cyst removal
- Prevent dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction
- Help immunocompromised patients heal more efficiently
How much does PRP usually cost?
What makes a good candidate for PRP?
To find out if you’re a candidate for PRP therapy, schedule a consultation with Dr. K Ashraf today. While PRP is available to most patients, it probably isn’t the ideal treatment for those who suffer from certain medical conditions such as anemia. During your consultation, Dr. K Ashraf will review your medical history to determine if PRP is right for you.