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Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
When Dr. Yu mentioned the use of Platelet Rich Fibrin, I was interested. The procedure was comfortable and helped to speed my healing time. I know that I’m in the best care possible and that my dentist uses the most advanced techniques available for my comfort and care.
What is Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?
Although blood is mainly composed of plasma, it also contains microscopic solid components, including red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are generally utilized by the body to provide clotting. However, these same platelets, when activated, release several proteins, growth factors, and stem cells which stimulate tissue regeneration.
How is PRF used?
A small amount of your blood is drawn and placed in a sterile tube. The tube is spun down in a centrifuge at a pre-calculated speed for 12 minutes to separate the different components of the blood.
Once your platelets have been isolated and concentrated (5-10x normal), they are activated with calcium chloride to release more growth factors. Next, the platelets are suspended in a complex fibrin matrix, which accelerates healing and tissue regeneration.
Who should get it done?
There are several dental treatments for which our doctor may recommend the use of PRF. Some of these include sinus lift, bone graft, and dental implants. We will discuss PRF with you in greater detail if you may benefit from its use.
Are there any side effects to PRF?
Because PRF is made from your own blood platelets, there is no risk for rejection, infection or an allergic reaction. There may be minimal swelling, redness or bruising, but these resolve quickly. Applying cold compresses helps to minimize these minor occurrences.
If you think PRF may be right for your treatment, contact our office or ask our doctor during your treatment consultation.