Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment

Edmond, OK Dentist

Medical knowledge and treatments in the dental field have come a very long way. Even in just the past few years, many advances have been made which improve procedures and raise the quality of your healthcare by leaps and bounds.

One of those methods is known as platelet-rich plasma injections, which is also referred to as PRP. Simply put, this treatment is a way to make your own blood work harder for you in order to accelerate healing and recovery.

How Does PRP Work?

Your blood is made up of many different types of cells, which all do different jobs. Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, carry oxygen and carbon dioxide. These cells are responsible for the red color of your blood. White blood cells, or leukocytes, fight off infection and keep the blood clear of foreign particles.

Thrombocytes, also called platelets, are a third type of blood cell, and they are largely responsible for healing and regeneration. Platelets gather at the site of an injury to form blood clots, which stop the bleeding. They also stimulate cell regeneration and repair by releasing substances called growth factor.

Platelets are absolutely vital to healing. PRP treatments make efficient use of your platelets. A small amount of blood gets extracted from you, after which it is run through a machine that separates the platelets from the other types of blood cells.

These now-concentrated platelets are then injected into the recovering area, ready to build up tissues and speed up the healing process.

PRP in Dentistry

Many famous uses of PRP injections have been seen in the treatment of sporting injuries. Athletes such as Kobe Bryant have recently turned to PRP injections for healing and pain relief.

PRP has been shown to have amazing results in these situations. It does wonders for repairing missing cartilage or damaged tendons and ligaments. However, platelet-rich plasma can do much more than heal damaged joints.

In dental procedures, PRP has been used to great effect in healing oral tissue from surgeries. This may be especially beneficial in the case of dental implants, where the tissue surrounding the implanted titanium root must recover before supporting a full abutment and crown.

The Benefits of PRP

The number one benefit of PRP injections—one that we’re very excited about—is that it is 100% natural.

Platelet-rich plasma is not an enhancement medication, nor is it a transfusion of any kind. It is entirely composed of your own natural blood cells. All the injection procedure does is speed up the process of getting your own platelets to the site of your injury.

The healing process isn’t even a foreign introduction. The platelets and growth factor used in PRP healing is the exact same process that will already be happening in your body. We only speed it up a little.

Talk To Us About Faster Healing

If you are interested in PRP injections or would like to set up an appointment with us, get in contact with our office today. We’re more than happy to discuss this amazing healing procedure and help you decide whether or not PRP is right for you.