When a bone graft is required for implant placement, the smoother and faster the healing process can proceed, the better. Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) can help this process.
Platelets are present in the blood. When blood is placed into a centrifuge for several minutes it divides into three layers. The top layer is called the acellular plasma layer. The bottom third is the red blood cell layer where all the red blood cells collect. This middle layer is the platelet rich fibrin layer. This middle layer is where platelets collect, and it is the part of the blood used in healing bone grafts and dental implant sites.
Platelet rich fibrin is also used to help extraction sites. In particular, it is used to help wisdom tooth extraction sites heal faster. PRF also has the advantages of limiting swelling and decreasing surgical pain in the case of implant preparation and wisdom tooth removal. When applied to the bone graft area of an implant site, PRF has been shown to improve the strength of the bone graft at the same time it increases healing speed.
How PRF Works
Bone is a material in the body that does not have a lot of blood supply. In the instance of a wisdom tooth extraction, usually, the site is left to heal on its own. Sometimes sutures are placed. Generally, the open socket is exposed to all types of bacteria from saliva, food and other contaminants. This can slow down the healing process. When PRF is added to the site, it protects the bone and actually increases healing capabilities.
When PRF is used between the bone graft and an implant, healing time is accelerated, and the chances of implant failure decrease. PRF stimulates the release of critical growth hormone factors that play a role in healing processes.
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