Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin (Enhanced healing post-extraction)
We are pleased to offer an in-office natural option for our patients to promote faster healing after extractions. PRF is Platelet Rich Fibrin, which is a matrix of platelets, leukocytes, and fibrin bound up to produce a natural membrane full of numerous cytokines and growth factors. PRF advances and enhances the healing of bone and soft tissue. PRF is created by drawing a small sample of your blood from a vein in your arm and then spinning it rapidly in a medical centrifuge. This creates a fibrin clot that is rich in platelets and leukocytes. Dr. Belegratis then molds the clot and compresses it to use as a bandaid over the extraction sites. This physically protects the open wound and the platelet growth factors stimulate direct stem cell migration to speed up would healing.
A study was conducted comparing lower jaw wisdom tooth sites. They compared 100 consecutive patients whose treatment included PRF compared to a control group of 100 patients whose treatment did not include PRF. In the cases with PRF, no dry sockets occurred. Healing time and post operative pain was significantly reduced. The patients who did not receive PRF had over 8% incidence of dry sockets and required more medications to manage discomfort. Ask Dr. Belegratis if you are a good candidate for this innovative, conservative treatment.