Once Dr. Hock has successfully completed a bone grafting procedure or another type of oral surgery, his primary concern will be helping your mouth heal successfully in the following days or weeks. You might think this is entirely up to your body and the quality of the care you give yourself, but there’s actually a way we can help the process along. With a byproduct of your blood called platelet-rich plasma (PRP), we can help the cells in your mouth create new tissue as quickly as possible. To learn more about how PRP is used at Summit Boulevard Dental, get in touch with us today.
Platelets are the cells in the blood used to create blood clots, an essential part of the healing process; plasma is the liquid part of the blood that is made out of water and proteins. To get PRP, we need to take a sample of your blood and place it two centrifuges – one to draw out the plasma, and the second to concentrate the platelets. Once we have the substance, we can apply it to the areas of the mouth where surgery was performed to stimulate the natural healing process. This technique has been used in hospitals for years, and now Summit Boulevard Dental can offer it thanks to modern advancements in dental technology.
We may use PRP therapy during the dental implant process. Specifically, we might apply it to the area around a bone graft or a sinus lift that’s meant to restore lost bone tissue to the jaw. It may be several months before the graft is fully integrated with the jaw, and PRP can help accelerate the process.
There are other applications of PRP as well, such as general bone repair. This could include facial trauma reconstruction, repairing damage to the jaw after tooth extraction, or removing harmful growths. These are just a few examples; feel free to ask Dr. Hock if PRP therapy is offered alongside other procedures that might be necessary for you.