It is not uncommon for a patient who is preparing to undergo any surgery to be worried about their recovery time. Under normal circumstances, the speed at which a patient heals from an oral surgical procedure generally depends on the type of procedure that was performed, the patient’s ability to adhere to post-surgical instructions, and the overall health of the patient as they begin the healing process. However, recent advances in technology have provided oral and maxillofacial surgeons with new methods that can speed the healing process for patients and provide a quicker recovery time.
At Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery, we are proud to be one of the few offices that utilize a specialized treatment using a substance called platelet-rich plasma, sometimes called PRP. Platelet-rich plasma allows us to collect a high concentration of our patient’s blood platelets and supply them directly to the surgical site. This technique sends three to five times the number of platelets in a normal blood sample to the site and prompts rapid vascularization and growth of bone and gum tissue, speeding up healing in the mouth.
What are the benefits of PRP?
- No chemical additives are required, and there is a reduced risk of disease transmission since this technique utilizes the patient’s own blood sample
- Utilizing the patient’s own blood decreases the cost involved with harvesting platelets from a blood bank sample
- The PRP method is easy to implement in various procedures
- Rapid healing of tissue and bone enabled by the increased platelet and leukocyte levels
Am I a candidate for platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma can be used in a variety of oral surgical procedures, including dental implants, bone grafting, gum tissue grafting, general or wisdom tooth extractions, and sinus lifting. If you would like to learn more about this or any other oral surgical procedures, we welcome you to contact us at Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery. We are happy to discuss your surgical options and the use of platelet-rich plasma to ensure you achieve optimal results and a speedy recovery.