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What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

PRP is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. New technology permits Dr. McClenahan to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only a small amount of the patient’s blood while they are having periodontic surgery. The amount of blood we need is about two vials.

Why all the excitement about PRP?

PRP accelerates the rate of healing because it contains growth factors and it stimulates the cells to regenerate much more quickly. This is of great significance to the surgeon who places dental implants. By adding PRP to the surgical site permits the opportunity to grow bone faster than ever before. It is important to repeat that this is the patient’s own blood.

How is PRP used at North Suburban Periodontics?

PRP is used by Dr. McClenahan to speed up healing with the following procedures:

  • Bone grafting for dental implants
  • Sinus lift procedures
  • Repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth
  • Grafts of all kinds in conjunction with tooth extraction
  • Repair of failing implants

What are the advantages of PRP?

  • PRP speeds up healing
  • PRP is safe! PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood; disease transmission is never an issue
  • PRP is convenient! It is “made” in our office while you are undergoing a dental surgical procedure
  • PRP is cost effective; a little goes a long way

Frequently asked questions about PRP

Should PRP be used in all bone-grafting cases? In some cases, there is no need for PRP. However, in the majority of cases, application of PRP to the bone graft will increase the final amount of bone present in addition to making the wound heal faster and more efficiently.

What kinds of patients benefit from PRP? Almost every patient benefits, but in particular, those with less or poor healing potential such as diabetics, smokers and the elderly heal much faster.

Are there any problems with PRP? Very few. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or blood diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure. Check with your surgeon and/or primary care physician to determine if PRP is right for you.