What Is Platelet Rich Fibrin?
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is an amazing and essential dental innovation. It’s a bio-friendly substance originating from the body which promotes quick healing and resistant to tissue rejection. Platelet rich fibrin is a biproduct of blood rich in platelets. New science has created tools that enable doctors to harvest and produce sufficiently enough quantities. Blood is drawn from the patient during outpatient surgery. It allows for faster healing time and a more comfortable procedure for the patient.
How Platelet Rich Fibrin Works in Your Body
Platelet Rich Fibrin, or PRF, allows the body to accelerate the healing process resulting in quicker recovery times and less probability of inflammation. PRF permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including forming a blood clot and releasing growth factors (GF) into the wound. These GF (platelet-derived growth factors PGDF, transforming growth factor beta TGF, and insulin-like growth factor ILGF) function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors are released into the surgical site, the more stem cells are stimulated to produce new host tissue. Thus, one can easily see that PRF permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.
The Many Clinical Applications of Platelet Rich Fibrin:
Frequently Asked Questions About PRF
Does PRF cause harm?
No, the process is very simple. During the outpatient surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is withdrawn via IV. This blood is then placed in the PRF centrifuge machine and spun. In less than 15 minutes, the PRF is formed and ready to use.
Should PRF be used in all bone-grafting cases?
Not always. In some cases, there is no need for PRF. However, in the majority of cases, application of PRF to the graft will increase the final amount of bone present in addition to making the wound heal faster and more efficiently.
Will my insurance cover my costs?
Unfortunately, the cost of the PRF application (approximately $50 per 10cc tube) is paid by the patient.
Can PRF be used alone to stimulate bone formation?
No, PRF must be mixed with either the patients own bone, a bone substitute material such as demineralized freeze-dried bone, or a synthetic bone product, such as BIO-OSS.
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