Platelet Rich Plasma
The human body has this incredible ability to heal itself after an injury. Immediately following an injury or a surgical procedure, including an oral surgical procedure, your body goes right to work healing the sites of the wounds. Healing quickly and properly following oral surgery is essential for reducing your risk for complications. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley, we can help to facilitate and speed up the healing process using your blood with a process known as platelet-rich plasma.
The Importance of Platelets
Your blood contains a byproduct known as plasma. Contained within the plasma are tiny little platelets. The platelets play an integral role in wound healing. They aid in clotting to stop bleeding. They also contain growth factors, which are essential for stimulating tissue and cell growth.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
The more platelets that are present, the faster cell and tissue growth, and healing, can occur. Platelet-rich plasma, commonly called PRP, operates on this principle. PRP is a process that involves the concentration of the platelets in your blood to speed up healing after surgery. While it has been used in the medical field for several years, it is still fairly new in the field of dentistry and oral surgery. Despite being relatively new, it is highly effective.
PRP is a quick, simple process. As soon as you are seated, before we begin your procedure, we draw a small vial of blood. We generally do not need any more than 2 ounces. After drawing the sample, it is placed in a centrifuge, which is located right in the same room. The centrifuge spins at high speeds, separating the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma portion of the sample is removed and then spun a second time, which is done to concentrate the platelets. As soon as your procedure is finished, a thick layer of PRP is applied to the surgical sites. This aids in starting the healing process almost immediately.
How Is Platelet Rich Plasma Used?
PRP can be used for several different purposes in dentistry and oral surgery:
The Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma
There are some significant benefits that come along with the use of PRP after your procedures:
Platelet-rich plasma can help to facilitate the healing process, enabling you to heal faster and reducing your risk for issues like an infection. For more information, call us here at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley at (805) 328-2180 today.
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