Clinical Applications of Platelet-Rich Plasma



What is Platelet-Rich Plasma and how can it help me?

PRP is a component of blood. Surgeons or health care professionals will draw a sample of blood from the patient requiring PRP treatment. The amount of PRP needed for the treatment will correlate to the amount of blood that needs to be drawn.

The blood is placed in a centrifuge and spun until the components separate. The plasma is removed from the other components, and it is ready for use in wound healing.

Applications of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Oral Surgery

PRP treatments are excellent for use in areas where blood clotting and the wound healing process need to be kick-started or accelerated. The Oral Surgeons of Buck and Phillips can PRP treatments to help heal the areas around dental implants, bone grafting sites, and other areas where fast and effective wound healing is needed.

Patients who suffer from jaw injuries and strains are also given PRP treatments into the joint of the jaw to repair areas damaged by osteoporosis or arthritis. Sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation, and the closing of cleft palates and lips also benefit from PRP treatments.

The Buck and Phillips Oral Surgery team located in Birmingham, AL often use PRP to treat areas that have been affected by minor bone defects that have come about by removing teeth, cysts, and fistulas within the sinus cavity. Platelets increase the formation of blood clots and stimulate the release of growth factors; this is particularly important in situations where the body needs to heal itself. The growth factor stimulates the regeneration of new tissue through stem cell stimulation.

Advantages of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Oral Surgery

As with any procedure, there are several advantages to the treatment. Many oral and maxillofacial surgeons use PRP successfully during dental implant surgery, reconstructive surgeries, and in repairing damaged facial tissue and bones.

Some of the most practical reasons to use PRP are:

  • Safety. PRP is made using the patient’s blood; therefore, the transmission of diseases is not factored in. The process is fast and easily performed with the right equipment.
  • Convenience. PRP is readily generated in a doctor’s office. Oral surgeons can use it for outpatient procedures. This is particularly advantageous in oral surgeries as dental implants can be placed as an outpatient procedure.
  • Improved and accelerated healing.
  • Cost-effective treatment. PRP is easily made and handled; it does not require specialist transportation. Once it has been made, it is ready for use and is stable.

Frequently Asked Questions About PRP

Is PRP safe to use?

PRP is a stable treatment made with the patient’s blood. A small amount of blood will be drawn and spun to separate the blood into three components. The process takes approximately 20 minutes from preparation to spinning.

Should PRP be used in all bone graft cases? PRP is not needed for all bone graft cases. It is used regularly to ensure that the graft site heals faster and more efficiently and ensures that enough bone is generated in the healing area.

Does insurance cover PRP treatment?  PRP treatments are often not covered by insurers; the treatments cost approximately $400 and are paid for by the patient.

Can PRP be used to stimulate bone regeneration on its own? Platelet-rich plasma treatments are not used as standalone treatments for bone regeneration; your oral surgeon will use the treatment with a bone substitute material such as BIO-OSS or freeze-dried and demineralized bone.

Are there any contraindications to using PRP? Patients that suffer from hematologic diseases might not qualify for PRP treatment. A consultation with our surgeons and consideration of your medical history with your primary care provider will be used to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for PRP treatments.  

If you have any questions regarding PRP or would like to discuss whether this may be an option for you, give our office a call and we will be happy to discuss any of your questions. You can reach our office by calling 205-933-1331