Platelet Rich Plasma
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP is a very simple process that we use to accelerate healing. We offer our patients PRP therapy because it has been shown to increase their rate of healing rapidly and to reduce postoperative pain. Our patients feel less pain due to the rapid rate of healing. By creating a heavy concentration of those cells you naturally make, we find this step to be extremely valuable when having a tooth extracted or an implant placed.
How PRP Therapy Works
PRP Therapy takes advantage of your own natural ability to heal, but at a much more accelerated rate. When we refer to your own ability to heal, what we mean is, when your body experiences injury or trauma it will automatically send some very specific cells to the damaged spot to begin the healing process, including platelets. With modern science, we have learned how to increase these platelets into a much denser concentration, signaling these healing cells to come in significantly larger amounts.
At the beginning of your surgical treatment, whether for an extraction or the placement of a dental implant, Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS will draw a small vial of your blood. This vial will never mix or come into contact with any other blood than your own. For this process, we need a small amount, just 55 cc, or less than two ounces.
This small vial of blood is then placed into a machine that is here in our office, called a centrifuge. The centrifuge rapidly spins your vial of blood. The rapid spinning creates a concentration of platelets, between four and five times the natural amount in your blood without the process. Studies tell us that the normal platelet count ranges from 150,000/1L to 350,000/1L, but after being in the centrifuge, the platelet rich plasma will have a concentration of at least 1,000,000/1L.
At Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona we use PRP Therapy because it has been found to:
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