Platelet Rich Plasma
The 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:
Platelet Rich Plasma Benefits
There are numerous benefits that accompany the use of PRP following oral surgery. These benefits include such things as:
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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