Although many star athletes have benefitted from treating their injuries with platelet-rich plasma, it is just recently being used in the dental field. This treatment is extremely effective not only in treating injuries, but also for dental bone grafting, repairing bone defects, and repairing sinus cavity fistulas. If you are curious about this treatment, working with an oral surgeon in San Diego can help you to decide if platelet-rich plasma is a good fit for you. In order to help you understand more about platelet-rich plasma, here are the answers to some common questions on the topic.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Many people are familiar with the term plasma, or the liquid portion of blood. Blood also contains red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. Platelets help to clot the blood, but they also contain many proteins, also known as growth factors, that can help the healing process. Platelet-rich plasma is exactly what it sounds like’plasma that is rich in platelets. In fact, there are five to ten times more platelets in platelet-rich plasma than is typically found in most blood.
What Occurs During the Platelet-Rich Plasma Procedure?
Your oral surgeon will collect a small amount of your blood’usually a couple of ounces. This can occur during an outpatient appointment. Your oral surgeon will then place your blood into a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. Then, another centrifuge will be used to concentrate the platelets. After your oral surgeon places sutures on an incision made during surgery, he or she can immediately place the platelet-rich plasma onto the wound to encourage healing.
What Are the Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma?
If you choose to undergo treatment with platelet-rich plasma, you can help yourself have a lower risk of infection. Also, you can rest assured that there will be no disease transmission because the plasma will be your own. However, the main benefit of platelet-rich plasma treatment is that it speeds the healing process by increasing tissue growth, allowing you to get back to your everyday life more quickly.