Medicine and dentistry are frequently on the forefront of revolutionary solutions for patients. Case in point: Platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP is created from a person’s own blood and helps revitalize and recharge the area of operation, allowing patients to enjoy more successful oral surgery treatments and a faster recovery and healing time.
How Do Platelets Help?
During oral surgery, the soft and hard tissues undergo a significant amount of trauma. To heal from this trauma, they derive support and strength in part from the blood, specifically in the way they rely on platelets. When PRP is used during any kind of bone grafting-related dental procedure, the site tends to recover more rapidly. Dr. Herrera may use PRP during sinus lift surgery in preparation for dental implants or implant-supported denture prosthetics to speed up the healing process.
What Are Patient Advantages to PRP?
When an oral surgeon in Salinas, CA, like Dr. Herrera, uses PRP, he is using the patient’s own blood. He can prepare PRP in-office in about 15 minutes. The PRP can then be directly added during oral surgery, giving tremendous benefits to patients, including:
No chance of rejection. The platelets are made from the patient’s body, so there is no chance of rejection as in other procedures requiring blood use.
Faster recovery. A sped-up recovery time means less time healing. Plus, in terms of dental implant placement, it can translate to fewer weeks between a bone graft treatment and the placement of the dental implant posts.
Better response. The body tends to respond well to PRP. In clinical trials, it promoted great healing and had beneficial results. Consequently, patients had fewer problems later as a result of a bone graft.
Is PRP Expensive?
We are most concerned with your oral health and your fast and safe recovery from surgery. Although most insurers will not cover PRP, we ensure that the cost of PRP needed is economically and competitively priced.
If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of using PRP during an upcoming bone grafting treatment, please contact our oral surgery office today!
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