Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood (thousands of dollars) and the large amount of blood needed (one unit) to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. New technology permits doctors to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only 55 cc’s of blood drawn from a patient while he or she is having outpatient surgery. Dr. Shannon and Dr. Hunter have the PRP centrifuge technology on-site to accelerate the healing process for our patients.

Why Use PRP?

PRP helps the body to heal at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate healing. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of Growth Factors (GF) into the wound. These assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors are released into the wound, the more stem cells are stimulated to produce a new host tissue. PRP technology permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

PRP has Many Advantages:

Safety: PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore disease transmission is not an issue.

Convenience: PRP can be generated at Northeast Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, while the patient is undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure, such as placement of dental implants.

Faster healing: The supersaturation of the wound with PRP and growth factors, produces an increase of tissue synthesis and thus faster tissue regeneration and healing.

Cost effectiveness: Since PRP harvesting is done with only 55cc of blood in our office, the patient does not incur the expense of the harvesting procedure in a hospital or at the blood bank.The cost to our patients for treatment performed in our office is significantly less than if it is performed in an outside facility.

Frequently Asked Questions About PRP:

Is PRP Safe? Yes. During an outpatient surgical procedure, a small amount of your own blood is drawn via an IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than 15 minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.

Should PRP be used in all bone-grafting cases? Not always. In some cases, there is no need for PRP. However, in the majority of cases, an application of PRP to the graft site will increase the final amount of bone present. It helps the wound to heal faster and more efficiently.

Will my insurance cover the costs? Unfortunately not. The cost of the PRP application (approximately $400) paid by the patient is significantly less than having the same procedure performed in a hospital setting.

Can PRP be used alone to stimulate bone formation? No. PRP 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.

Are there any contra-indications to PRP? Very few. Patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure. Check with our doctors to determine if PRP may be beneficial for you.