Safety is always a concern when undergoing any type of dental surgery, including dental implant placement. To support the patient’s healing, the oral surgeon in San Diego may recommend the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP involves removing a small amount of blood from the patient. The blood is then processed in a centrifuge to sort out the platelets from the other components. Then, the blood plasma that is rich in platelets is injected back into the patient. Because this procedure involves the use of the patient’s own blood, there is no risk that the body will reject it or suffer an adverse reaction from it.
When the surgical site is thoroughly saturated with PRP, it also receives high amounts of growth factors, which are known as platelet derived growth factors (PDGF), among others. These growth factors stimulate the formation of new tissue, which allows the body to heal much more quickly than it normally would.