Platelet Rich Plasma


Platelet Rich Plasma shown in the test tube at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi ValleyThe human body is an amazing thing. One of the many amazing things it can do is repair itself. After undergoing oral surgery, or any other type of surgery for that matter, the body immediately goes to work healing. The blood contains plasma. Inside this plasma, there are platelets, which are responsible for helping your surgical wounds to heal. Healing quickly, and healing properly is essential for avoiding complications such as infections. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley, we can help to speed up your recovery following oral surgery with platelet-rich plasma.

What Are Platelets?


Platelets reside in the plasma within your blood and are essential for healing wounds. They help to form clots, which work to stop bleeding. They also contain growth factors, which help to stimulate the growth of new cells and tissues. The more platelets that are present, the greater the cell and tissue stimulation. This results in faster healing.

Creating Your Platelet Rich Plasma


Platelet-rich plasma, commonly abbreviated as PRP, is created using your blood, and it is done on the same day as your procedure. Creating your PRP is a quick, simple process. When you are seated in the chair, we draw a small sample of blood, approximately only two ounces. The sample is placed in a centrifuge, which spins at high speed. As it spins, the plasma is separated from the red blood cells. The plasma portion is removed from the sample and then placed back into the centrifuge to spin a second time. This concentrates the platelets within the plasma. Once your surgery is complete, a thick layer of PRP is smeared on the surgical sites, which helps to jump start your healing right away.

Uses for Platelet Rich Plasma


There are several uses for PRP in the dental field, such as:
•  Bone grafts, including sinus lifts, grafts to strengthen the jawbone for dental implants, and grafts to repair a cleft lip or palate.
•  Repairing bone. This includes following facial reconstruction, as well as defects from cyst removal or tooth extraction.
•  Periodontal damage repair, including fistula repair and soft tissue grafts.

Platelet Rich Plasma Benefits


There are numerous benefits that accompany the use of PRP following oral surgery. These benefits include such things as:
•  The higher concentration of platelets at the surgical site enables you to heal faster from your procedure.
•  Because you heal faster from surgery, your risk of developing an infection is greatly reduced. The layer of PRP also provides a protective barrier, preventing bacteria from accessing the surgical wounds.
•  We use your blood. This means that there is no risk of disease transmission, making it a safe procedure.
•  PRP is convenient. Your blood is drawn the same day as your surgery. Moreover, the centrifuge needed to spin your sample is located right in the office. You do not have to worry about attending extra appointments.
•  The PRP process is affordable. Your blood does not have to be sent to a separate lab facility to be processed.
•  PRP is a simple procedure for our staff to perform.

With platelet-rich plasma, we can help you to heal faster and more effectively. For more information, contact Westlake Oral Surgery at (805) 328-2180 today.
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