Bone Grafting From Your Own, Healthy Structure
For patients who hear they need a bone graft, the entire procedure can sound invasive, painful, and unnatural. At Long Creek Dental in Sunnyvale, we are dedicated to performing dentistry services that take your whole smile and your overall health into consideration. That’s why we recommend the innovative platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) technique that utilizes your own natural oral structures to create strong, healthy bone tissue to support implants and promote healing. If you want to find out more about PRF and bone grafting, call our team to schedule a consultation. We’ll review your oral health concerns and help you find the right treatment to meet your unique needs.
What is Platelet Rich Fibrin?
Platelet-rich fibrin is a clotting material made from your own natural blood. We can use PRF to improve the body’s healing ability and the natural regrowth of bone and soft tissue. Platelets are cell fragments found in the blood. They naturally increase the speed of healing and growth of natural tissues like supportive alveolar bone and gums.
Why Would I Need a PRF Graft?
We can use your body’s own natural platelets to improve healing and regrow supportive structures. These platelets are found in a fibrin material that we can create from your own blood. We will use PRF grafts for patients following tooth extraction. This protects the healing site from infection and promotes faster healing. We also use PRF in conjunction with dental implants to improve the success rates of placement and speed up the healing time. Without PRF, dental implants can take six months or longer to fuse with the soft tissue and jawbone to recreate the lost root system, but PRF can significantly reduce this time.
Is PRF Safe?
PRF is a completely safe process that uses your own healthy blood platelets rather than foreign materials to recreate lost structures and tissues. Traditional bone grafts require invasive procedures that remove bone tissue from other parts of the body or bone from cadavers. While these treatments have made it possible for patients to replace missing teeth with dental implants, they can be hard on your oral and overall health. The treatments can take as long to heal as the implant placements themselves, and the body may reject the added bone. Instead, PRF utilizes your own healthy tissues dramatically improving successful dental implant placement without the need for additional surgical treatment. Even if you’re not replacing the tooth, attaching a PRF following extraction will decrease the amount of time it takes for the site to heal.
How is PRF Performed?
We draw a vial of your own, healthy blood. A specialized system is used to spin that blood into a thick, clotted material – your PRF. We then place the PRF into the tooth extraction site or onto the jawbone prior to implant placement. The PRF reduces risk for infection and significantly increases the speed of healing and chances for successful implantation.