Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) Dental Treatment Promotes Healing and Regeneration
Our bodies are equipped with many mechanisms to heal and regenerate damaged tissues. Among these, platelets are a true powerhouse, helping with the formation of blood clots in damaged tissues and regulating several healing processes, including proliferation, angiogenesis, and migration of cells. At Holistic Dental Centers in Cary and Cornelius, NC, we are committed to ensuring that oral surgical procedures are done in a way that minimizes the trauma and promotes rapid recovery. One way we can do this is through the use of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF).
Platelet-rich fibrin treatment explained
Platelet-rich fibrin is a treatment performed using your blood to take advantage of your body’s natural healing potential. After taking a small blood sample (similar to what you’d have done at your annual physical exam), the blood is spun extremely rapidly in a centrifuge machine to create a membrane containing a concentrated source of platelets. That can then be placed strategically in treatment areas where healthy regeneration of tissues is needed. Platelets include various growth factors that attract stem cells to injured tissues, stimulating several healing responses in the body, including the formation of new capillaries to promote healthy blood flow. Platelet-rich fibrin is a biocompatible treatment option that does not induce inflammation or have the potential for allergic reactions since it is created from your blood.
Uses of platelet-rich fibrin in dentistry
Platelet-rich fibrin is a versatile treatment used for both soft and hard tissue healing and regeneration. It is a terrific addition to many dental treatments that require cutting or stimulating the growth of new tissues, such as:
- Periodontal surgery
- Placement of dental implants to attract bone-forming cells
- Bone or gum grafting
- Bone cavitation surgery
- After surgery for oral cancer
- Endodontic therapy
- …and more
At Holistic Dental Centers, PRF is just one of many treatments that we offer to improve your oral health without sacrificing your overall wellness. Our holistic dental team will help you understand whether platelet-rich fibrin therapy is a good option for your specific needs and answer any questions about the procedure. To schedule your appointment at our Cary office, call (919) 865-0700, or you can reach our Cornelius office at (704) 765-3150 .
Dr. Carl McMillan is a holistic dentist with a medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Due to his expertise, he was honored with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) presidency. He is compassionate towards patients and committed to providing them with safe, toxic-free dental treatments to help them maintain a happy and healthy smile.
Dr. Luis Crespo obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. An IAOMT member, he believes prevention is the best medicine and strives to educate both patients and parents on the benefits of maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. He has served underprivileged communities across the world.
Dr. Erin Wilbanks graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She is an accredited IAOMT member, is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.