Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a byproduct of your own blood that contains a high number of platelets (which are the cells that help cuts and scrapes stop bleeding). Once used only in hospitals, PRP is now being used in clinics such as the Adara Surgical Institute in Issaquah, WA.
Containing mostly water and protein, plasma is the base of your blood, and it provides a liquid material for your red and white blood cells, as well as your platelets, to exist in. By taking a small amount (only 55 cc) of your blood, Dr. Dhaliwal can create a small amount of platelet-rich plasma and use it on the site of bone grafts or other oral surgery. This stimulates healing and releases growth factors into the blood, speeding up your recovery.
You may not experience immediate effects of platelet-rich plasma, but your bone growth will happen much quicker, and your healing will also be sped up compared to having bone grafts without PRP.
Because platelet-rich plasma is autologous (or comes from your own body), there are very few risks of PRP therapy if you’re having a bone graft. However, there are some things you should be aware of before you choose PRP.
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