Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin
Sun City West, AZ
After undergoing any type of surgical procedure, including oral surgery, your body goes right to work healing itself. The blood contains factors that aid in this process. However, even though the body does an amazing job of repairing itself, the mouth is filled with oral bacteria that can increase your risk for infections and other complications. At Solutions Dental Implants, we can help to speed up your rate of healing and reduce your risk for infections, with leukocyte platelet-rich fibrin.
What are Platelets?
Platelets are cells that circulate in your blood. These cells are responsible for tissue healing after an injury. When an injury occurs, platelets are attracted to the site. They collect there, forming a clot, which stops bleeding. Together, the platelets form a fibrin network that helps to stabilize the clot. It also provides a temporary support matrix while platelets release growth hormones that stimulate tissue healing and regeneration.
Leukocyte-platelet rich fibrin, or L-PRF, is a substance that is created from a sample of your blood. The goal of this treatment is to aid in wound healing and tissue regeneration. With this technique, we can concentrate and extract certain components and molecules from your blood and place them back over the surgical wound to help achieve this goal.
How is L-PRF Made?
Before we begin your procedure, we first take a small sample of your blood. This sample is then spun in a centrifuge. The centrifuge is located right in our office, so there is no need for additional appointments to have blood drawn before your procedure. The centrifuge spins at high speed, separating out the platelets from the red blood cells. As the blood spins, natural coagulation occurs, and a fibrin network forms in the center. Platelets get trapped in this layer, while red blood cells remain at the bottom.
After the sample is finished spinning, the fibrin clots with platelets trapped inside can be removed using forceps. The clots are then placed in a special box, and the remaining liquid is pressed out of them. The result is thin membranes that can then be placed over the surgical sites.
Uses for L-PRF
L-PRF has many uses in the dental world. These benefits include
|Covering wounds after surgical treatment. This is done to both speed up your rate of recovery as well as reduce infection risk.
|Coating dental implants.
|Covering sockets following tooth extraction.
|Covering over exposed tooth roots following gum recession.
|Bone augmentation. L-PRF is mixed with bone substitute materials and placed over the areas to be treated.
|Treating defects in the soft tissues.
The Benefits of L-PRF
There are numerous benefits associated with L-PRF, including
|Your surgical wounds heal much faster. With extra platelets, the tissue can regenerate and heal at a faster rate.
|Faster healing means there is less risk of infection.
|You experience less pain and swelling following surgery or tooth extractions.
|More of your natural tissue is preserved.
With L-PRF, we can help you to heal faster and more effectively, while also avoiding infections and the complications they can cause. For more information on L-PRF and what it can do for you, call Solutions Dental Implants at (480) 956-6113 today.