Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Healing is an individual process, but there are safe, natural procedures that work amongst most patients to accelerate hard and soft tissue rejuvenation.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), or Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF), is a cutting-edge treatment that uses the patient’s blood to promote healing. PRP injections have been used throughout the years to treat orthopedic injuries. More recently, they have shown to be beneficial in treating chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers.
At Virginia Oral Surgery Specialists, we offer platelet-rich fibrin treatment to make recovery and healing faster. We understand that every patient is different, and we value the best in technology and place patient safety first.
PRP Therapy for Natural Healing
Platelets are pieces of cells found in the blood, and their primary function is to clot the blood. Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of these platelets rich in growth factors, stimulating tissue regeneration and healing.
This natural process results in faster healing, reduced pain, scarring, and improved function. Platelet-rich fibrin is a safe and effective treatment for various conditions, with minimal side effects.
Over the past two decades, the development and the biological and physiological properties of PRF, have improved, providing more predictable and successful patient outcomes.
PRP injections have been used for many years in orthopedic medicine to help heal acute sports injuries such as knee sprains, chronic tendon injuries, ligament sprains, and muscle injuries. More recently, it has been used in various fields of medicine, including dentistry and oral surgery.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections in Dentistry
Because it is such a versatile material, PRP injections can be used during numerous oral and maxillofacial surgeries. PRP injections can be used as a treatment for:
Dental implant surgery
Platelet Rich Fibrin Therapy can be combined with the above treatments to improve the final results. Patients who use PRF receive more aesthetic, longer-lasting results with fewer complications.
How It Works
The patient’s blood platelets are a therapeutic tool for tissue repair during the wound healing process.
During PRP treatment, a small amount of the patient’s blood is collected with an IV. A centrifuge is then used to separate the red blood cells from the white blood cells to make a concentrated “jelly-like” plug or membrane, which is utilized during treatment.
This plug is injected into the areas of concern and acts as a scaffold for the body’s stem cells and growth factors to regenerate new tissue. As a result, PRP treatments are eventually absorbed by the body, leaving behind new, healthy tissue, helping to expedite the healing process.
What to Expect
While PRP Therapy is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that takes about 30 minutes to complete, the results are long-lasting.
Most patients do not require anesthesia for this procedure, as only a small needle is used for the injection. You may experience swelling and bruising around the injection site, which typically resolves within a few days.
Most patients report seeing an improvement in their condition within three to six weeks, with continued improvement over the next several months.
Achieve the Best Results with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
At VOSS, our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to providing you with the best possible care. Platelet Rich Plasma injections are just one of the many services we offer to help you achieve optimum oral health.
If you would like to learn more about Platelet Rich Plasma treatments or any other services we offer, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve high-quality results.