The PRP Process
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy can be a fantastic addition to any dental procedure. Dr. K. Ashraf uses PRP, or autologous blood concentrates as it’s also known, to expedite the healing process following procedures that affect the body’s hard and soft tissue.
While this form of therapy sounds complicated, the process is rather simple. For your convenience, we’ve outlined the process below.
Step One: Extracting Your Blood
PRP therapy is successful at avoiding infection because we use the most natural healing material available—your blood. Before your dental procedure, Dr. K. Ashraf will collect a small sample of your blood, which he’ll use to create the autologous blood concentrate.
Step Two: Separating Your Blood
After extracting your blood, Dr. K. Ashraf will utilize a machine called a centrifuge. This piece of advanced equipment spins the blood at high speeds to separate its components.
Step Three: Collecting the PRP
Once separated, Dr. K. Ashraf collects the platelet-rich portion of the blood. Platelets naturally trigger clotting and prevent bleeding. They also carry growth factors, which increase the speed and quality of healing.
Step Four: Applying the PRP
Now that we have the platelet-rich plasma, the final step involves Dr. K. Ashraf applying it directly to the surgical area. For the best results, he will do this during your procedure. The PRP initiates the body’s natural healing process, decreasing recovery time.
What to Expect from PRP Therapy
For patients who choose to take advantage of this remarkable form of therapy, the process is as painless as a routine blood draw. With that said, the reason we’re using PRP in the first place is that you’re having surgery.
Various side effects can accompany any kind of dental surgery. For example, you may experience swelling, bleeding, or bruising near the surgical site—these typically last for about two or three days. You may also endure some degree of pain or nausea, which is expected but if it continues longer than a few days, we recommend contacting Dr. K. Ashraf.
After your surgery, PRP will begin working immediately, and you’ll be fully healed in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What really is PRP therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-surgical procedure that is performed in a doctor’s exam room, typically taking less than an hour. The treatment begins with extraction and separation of your blood samples in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets from the blood. At our office, Dr. Ashraf uses PRP to speed up the healing process following procedures that affect the body’s hard and soft tissue.
How does platelet-rich plasma therapy work to expedite healing?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.