What is PRF?
- PRF or platelet-rich-fibrin is a technique during which platelets in your blood are isolated to create a concentrate that is injected into damaged tissue to aid in faster healing.
- PRF technique actually takes healing process one step further with a fibrin meshwork comprised of growth factors and platelets. This fibrin mesh acts almost like a “band aid”.
- PRF is a minimally invasive technique with low risks and satisfactory clinical results such as preventing complications or implant failure.
Why use PRF?
- During the PRF technique, a sample of your blood is put into a centrifuge machine which separates it into 3 different layers: red blood cells, platelet rich fibrin (PRF) and platelet poor plasma(PPP)
- Dental surgeon will then use PRF to create a resorbable membrane (band aid) over the surgical site.
- The beauty of PRF is that your blood is not altered in any way, in turn your body will essentially be healing naturally at an accelerated rate with the end goal of “rebuilding and regenerating”.
Advantages of PRF
- In Implant Surgery :
- PRF acts like a band aid that can accelerate healing and reduce swelling after an injury/surgical site.
- Like a normal band aid it protects the surgical site from saliva, bacteria and other contaminants.
- In turn, PRF can assist this area in healing quickly and also helping to prevent dental implant failure.
Periodontal infrabony defects:
- PRF may act as a biologic cement to hold the particles together, aiding the manipulation of the bone grafts and when mixed with bone graft, it may act as a “biological connector.”
- PRF considerably enhances new bone formation compared to healing without PRF
Procedure of PRF?
- We draw a small sample of your blood in a glass container without adding any coagulants or thrombin.
- This blood is placed in the PRF centrifuge machine and spun down.
- In less than fifteen minutes, the PRF is formed and ready to use.