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Platelet Rich Fibrin – Weyauwega, WI

Encouraging Quicker Healing After Complex Treatment

Patients who undergo tooth extractions, bone grafts, or dental implant placement can expect to spend ample time recovering at home. Unfortunately, the reality of this timely healing process can cause some individuals to avoid treatment and go on to experience more serious dental health problems. Dr. William Twohig offers a safe, natural, and effective solution that not only promotes faster healing but quicker tissue and bone regeneration. With Platelet Rich Fibrin/Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, we can use your own blood to promote natural healing and faster results. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Twohig to discuss PRP/PRF Therapy, contact us today.

What is Platelet Rich Fibrin/Platelet Rich Plasma (PRF/PRP)?

A young man wearing a plaid button-down shirt and sitting at a computer smiling after undergoing multiple tooth extractions in Weyauwega and receiving platelet rich fibrin

PRF is a natural fibrin-based biomaterial prepared without anticoagulants or artificial additives (biomedical modifiers). This allows us to obtain autologous fibrin membranes and plugs with a high concentration of platelets and white cells, releasing growth factors at the surgical site for seven to 14 days and accelerating the natural healing process.

What is the Difference Between PRF and PRP?

Two dental professionals extracting the PRF to place on a patient’s surgical site

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is an autologous platelet concentrate prepared from the patient’s own blood at the dentist’s office just before the dental procedure.

When determining the difference between PRF and PRP, one is a liquid (PRP) and the other is a gel membrane (PRF); however, the real variant is how it is processed. Both PRP and PRF are harvested from an individual’s blood, but one (PRF) proves to be much simpler to process.

PRP requires a more extensive process of mixing blood with anticoagulant and spinning multiple times in a centrifuge to create three layers (i.e. plasma, platelets, and fibrin), which is then placed onto the surgical wound.

PRF Therapy, on the other hand, is more quickly produced by taking a sample of blood and inserting it into a glass tube before placing it in the centrifuge. Requiring no additional modifiers (i.e. anticoagulants, etc.), the blood will begin to separate while spinning, but not entirely. Allowing various cells to remain within the platelet layer, your dentist will collect the sample and directly apply it to the surgical area. 

What Are Their Benefits?

A centrifuge used in a dental treatment room when administering PRF/PRP

When using PRF/PRP during the procedure, you can expect there to be numerous benefits, including:

  • Increased healing and a shortened recovery time at home
  • Decreased pain and discomfort after your procedure
  • Minimal swelling
  • Greater strength as the bone and dental implants fuse as well as faster osseointegration time frame
  • Greater results after undergoing a bone graft
  • Decreased risk for dry sockets after a tooth extraction

How Are They Used in Dentistry?

A middle-aged woman wearing a short-sleeved t-shirt and standing outside smiling after a successful recovery from having several teeth extracted

Platelet-rich fibrin can play an important role in oral and maxillofacial surgery, implant dentistry, periodontal regeneration, and post-extraction site preservation. The fibrin is a reservoir of platelets that will slowly release growth factors and cytokines, which are the key factors for regeneration of the bone and maturation of the soft tissue.

In choosing to use PRF/PRP in dentistry, dental professionals can ensure a safer, more convenient way to help patients heal quicker and more naturally than before. Using an individual’s own blood supply, there is no risk of disease transmission, and the likeliness of infection is significantly decreased.