What is platelet-rich fibrin?
Platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) is derived from the concentration of the patient’s blood platelets. A simplified chair-side procedure results in the production of a fibrin membrane that is capable of stimulating the release of many important growth factors that contribute to healing and tissue regeneration throughout the body.
When applied to a surgical site, PRF accelerates the healing process and decreases pain and swelling after oral surgery. PRF is an innovative new therapy that can improve the quality and success of your procedure.
When is platelet-rich fibrin used?
Dr. Khan uses highly versatile platelet-rich fibrin in a variety of dental applications, including:
- Dental implants
- Tissue and bone grafts
PRF is typically combined with other treatments to provide the best possible results. When combined with dental implants, PRF accelerates osseointegration – the process of the jawbone healing and fusing with the metal implant.
Much of the dental implant process involves waiting for the bone and tissue to heal after the different parts of the implant are applied. PRF not only increases the success of dental implants but speeds up the process, allowing patients to restore their smile in less time.
PRF is also frequently applied to extraction sockets in older patients to prevent complications and promote healing. PRF helps protect surgical sites from infection and decreases postoperative discomfort.
How is platelet-rich fibrin prepared?
Preparing platelet-rich fibrin is an easy and gentle process. PRF is processed the same day as your procedure. First, Dr. Khan takes a small sample of your blood while you are sedated. The amount of blood taken is similar to that of a standard blood test.
Dr. Khan then takes the blood sample and puts it into a centrifuge. The centrifuge rapidly spins your blood and isolates the platelets and fibrin from the rest of your blood. Because PRF is derived from your blood, there is little risk for side effects or adverse reactions.