The healer within: platelet-rich plasma

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Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

The buzz about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been getting louder in recent years – with everyone from celebrities to leading heart surgeons finding value in its use. The healing power of PRP is also being used by many dentists with excellent results.

How is PRP used in dentistry?

PRP is a new approach to tissue regeneration that is fast becoming a valuable tool to promote healing in dental surgery procedures. Studies have shown promising results when used in tooth extractions, dental implant surgery and treating advanced cases of gum disease.

What is PRP exactly?

PRP refers to the process to obtain platelet-rich plasma. This involves taking a sample of the patient's own blood and spinning it a very high speed to separate the blood cells from blood plasma. The extracted platelet-rich plasma is then ready to be injected back into the patient.

What can PRP be used for?

PRP contains growth factors that influence wound healing. It can play an important role in repairing tissue following dental and oral surgical procedures including tooth extractions, periodontal (gum) surgery and dental implants by helping the wound site to heal faster. PRP can also be used to aid gingival growth in cases of gum disease.

Is PRP also an anti-wrinkle treatment?

Yes – this versatile technique is also used for anti-wrinkle face injections to prevent aging. (If you’ve ever heard about Kim Kardashian’s ‘vampire facial’ – this is it!)

As PRP reaches cells below the outer layer of the skin, it helps to stimulate the growth of healthy cells and collagen. It normally takes around three treatments for PRP to have an anti-wrinkle effect.

What are the benefits of PRP in dentistry?

There are many benefits of using PRP in clinical applications. PRP is completely non-toxic as it is derived from your own body, making it a risk-free treatment option. It’s also easy to extract and produce in dental surgeries using commonly-used centrifugation equipment. We expect to see a lot more of it in oral and dental surgery.

Ask your dentist for more information about PRP for anti-aging, or to aid healing in oral and dental surgery. Search www.ineedadentist.com.

Dr Emily Squirrell graduated dentistry from Griffith University where she was awarded the prize for academic excellence each year. As a true local, born and bred on the Gold Coast, Emily is an ideal fit for the team at Teeth on Ferry. As a clinician, Emily is known for her gentle and friendly nature whilst maintaining a through and meticulous approach to her clients’ oral health needs. Being a perfectionist at heart, she is dedicated to maintaining and developing her skills in every aspect of dentistry by regularly attending seminars and courses. Outside of dentistry, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors, travel and discovering new places.