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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

After an oral surgery procedure, healing properly is essential. Your body contains plasma in the bloodstream. Inside the plasma are platelets, which are responsible for helping surgical wounds to heal. The faster you can heal, the less likely you are to experience infections or other complications. At Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Specialists, we perform a procedure to concentrate the platelets in your blood, creating a substance known as platelet-rich plasma, which helps to greatly speed up the recovery process following an oral procedure.

What are Platelets?

Platelets are essential for wound healing. They are found in the plasma, which is a byproduct in your blood. Platelets help to form clots, which stop bleeding. They also contain the growth hormones that stimulate tissue growth, which allows the body to begin to repair itself. The higher the concentration of platelets, the more tissue that can be stimulated, and the faster the repairs can occur.

How Platelet-rich plasma is collected

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be created the same day as your procedure and will be ready as soon as your procedure is finished. There is no need to schedule a second appointment before the day of your procedure. As soon as you are seated in the dentist’s chair, we draw a very small sample of blood (we don’t need anything more than 2 ounces). We place the collected sample into a small centrifuge, which spins at high speed to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. We collect the plasma and place it back in the centrifuge to spin once more, concentrating the platelets. As soon as your procedure is done, we smear a thick layer over the surgical sites, allowing the healing to start immediately.

How Platelet Rich Plasma Is Used

•  This includes sinus lift procedures (raising the sinus cavity by filling in some of the space just above the upper jawbone), grafts used to strengthen the jawbone for dental implants, and grafts required for fixing cleft lips or palates.
•  Bone repair, including facial reconstructive surgery following an accident, defects from a tooth extraction and cyst removal.
•  Repairing periodontal damage, such as procedures include fistula repair and soft tissue grafts for repairing receded gums.

Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma

•  Faster healing. The high concentration of platelets allows for more tissue to be regenerated.
•  Low risk of infection. Faster healing decreases the risk for infection. PRP also provides a seal over the surgical sites, protecting the wounds from bacterial invasion.
•  Safe. Because we use a sample of your blood, there is no risk of disease transmission.
•  Convenient. The blood is drawn moments before your surgical procedure and ready as soon as you are done. There is no need to schedule other appointments.
•  Affordable. We only require a small sample of blood that is drawn right in our office. There is no need to make a hospital visit to do so.
•  Simple. PRP is a simple process for our dental team to complete.

Platelet rich plasma has several uses in the dental world, allowing wounds from different types of oral procedures to heal faster and better.

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Are you ready to schedule an appointment? Do you have questions? Get your journey started towards a healthy, confident smile at one of our three convenient locations in San Antonio and Pleasanton, TX. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (210) 614-4700 or fill out online appointment request form.

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San Antonio: Alamo Ranch
10919 Culebra Rd
Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78253
(210) 614-4700

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San Antonio: Stone Oak
1130 E. Sonterra Blvd
Suite 120
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 614-4700

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800 N. Bryant St
Pleasanton, TX 78064
(210) 614-4700