Platelet-Rich Plasma in Austin
For Implants, Teeth Extractions and Bone Regeneration
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a by-product of blood that is exceptionally rich in platelets. PRP has long been used in hospitals to accelerate the body’s own healing process, but it is only fairly recently that advances in technology have allowed this same technique to be used in the dental office.
What is it? Platelet-rich plasma, or
PRP, has been used for decades and it has now become a valuable adjunct
in wound healing in dentistry. Postsurgically, blood clots initiate the
healing and regeneration of hard and soft tissues. Scientists and
clinicians are exploring and evaluating all pros and cons of the use of
PRP in dentistry as a way to aid the body in natural wound-healing
While science has not yet
established that PRP works as a definite fact, its various applications
are more than preferred by surgeons and dentists for various procedures,
including dental surgeries and implant- related bone augmentations.
Most current clinical studies express promise in PRP use and in the
growth factors expressed by the platelets concentrated in PRP—namely
platelet-derived growth factor, or PDGF, and transforming growth
factor-β, or TGF-β—as an adjunct to postsurgical wound healing. Both
PDGF and TGF-β have been shown to accelerate wound healing through
different mechanisms. The development of an autologous PRP is relatively
easy, is very effective as a surgical adjunct, and retains high levels
of the desired growth factors after preparation to be clinically
effective in accelerating postsurgical healing in both periodontal and
oral surgery applications. PRP has proven to be effective at improving
surgical results in a variety of procedures in the field of oral and
maxillofacial surgery. PRP also shows promise in periodontal
In our dental practice in Austin we
are proud to offer this cutting edge procedure to our patients. Dr.
Gotun personally collects samples of your blood and prepares PRP during
the surgical procedures. It is a great natural, efficient and
cost-effective way for patients to get help in tissue regeneration and
healing via agents produced by your own body. Currently we use PRP in
various bone grafting procedures to correct bone deficiencies that may
have been caused by periodontal disease or by various anatomical
anomalies, or can be used in site of previously extracted teeth to build
sufficient bone for future implants. In our dental practice in
Westlake Hills is also used for implant placement related surgeries
requiring additional bone grafting. The procedure is safe, fast,
painless and is easy on a patient. Combined with Dr.Gotun’s remarkable
expertise and experience PRP does wonders in assisting hard tissue
regeneration and healing speed after surgical procedures. We expect PRP
to become a standard addition during surgeries in dental practices in
Austin in the future. But for now, feel free to give us a call if you
would like to learn more about it or to schedule a complimentary implant
consultation. Choose cutting edge science and experience for your
There are several ways in which PRP can be used in clinical dentistry:
Bone Grafting For Implants – This includes closure of a cleft lip and cleft palate deformities, sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, and both inlay and onlay grafts.
Bone Repair – PRP can be used in facial trauma reconstruction, repairing of defects due to tooth removal, or the removal of growths and cysts.
Fistula Repair – This includes the repair of fistulas between the mouth and the sinus cavity.
Reasons for platelet rich plasma treatment
Platelet rich plasma application is now widely used to expedite the post-procedure healing process and is completely safe. Since the blood used will come from the patient’s own body, disease transmission is not a factor. Almost all patients report a much greater degree of comfort immediately after their procedure. There are also several more distinct advantages of PRP:
Lower Infection Risk – PRP is smeared thickly on the wound after the procedure by the dentist and actually seals the wound away from infectious agents, lowering the risk of problems.
Accelerated Healing – The saturation of the wound with PRP helps increase tissue synthesis due to its growth factors, and this in turn results in faster tissue regeneration. Speedier healing decreases the risk of later infections, complications, and discomfort.
Safety and Convenience – Disease transmission is non-issue since the blood is harvested from the patient’s own blood supply. The amount of blood needed is small and can be collected during a routine outpatient procedure.
What does platelet rich plasma treatment involve?
The dentist will assess if you’re a candidate for PRP treatment. Patients with blood clotting disorders will be unable to take advantage of this treatment. A small (about 2 oz) sample of your blood will be collected during a scheduled outpatient treatment. The blood will be placed into a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. A second centrifuge will be used to concentrate the platelets which contain the growth factor.
During the procedure Dr.Gotun will apply the PRP to the surgical area in a high concentration or he will create and apply a PRGF membrane to the site. This will expedite your healing, stimulate hard and soft tissue growth, and decrease the amount of discomfort following the surgery.
If you have any questions about treatment with platelet rich plasma or would like to find out if you are a candidate and can benefit from this treatment, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.