Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) Therapy in Dentistry
A great smile is always in style. Our team of experienced dentists at Smile in Style understand that good oral health supports a beautiful, confident smile. Using advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Sutanter Wander is a dentist with clinical microbiology training and considerable experience in dental treatments using Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF).
In dentistry, there are many applications for PRF. This remarkable product plays a vital role in healing tissues and reducing inflammation. PRF is also a great fit with the other holistic products and services available at our rooms in Sunbury and Moonee Ponds, Victoria. As such, Smile in Style is able to offer individuals and their families in the greater Melbourne area some of the latest, clinically-effective procedures that modern dentistry offers.
What are PRF and PRP in Dentistry?
PRF and PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) are blood products that are concentrated with growth factors and cytokines (inflammation-fighting compounds). These products are formulated “autologously,” meaning they are made from the patient’s own blood. This supports utmost safety and eliminates the risk of adverse reactions associated with products made synthetically or derived from other human or animal donors.
What is the difference between PRF and PRP?
PRF differs from PRP in that it is characterised as a “second-generation Platelet-Rich Plasma.” After blood is collected, PRP is “prepared” by isolating the liquid (plasma that is free of cells) in a machine called a “centrifuge.” The centrifuge spins rapidly to separate the red and white blood cells and the platelets in the uppermost plasma layers. The PRP layer is collected by discarding the plasma that does not contain platelets. This layer is called “PPP” or “Platelet-Poor Plasma.”
Platelet Rich Fibrin is characterised as platelets and white blood cells that form a scaffold. This “fibrin matrix” concentrates beneficial, isolated growth factors. The process of collecting PRF differs from PRP; no anticoagulants or other additives are introduced to prevent blood clotting when making the Platelet-Rich Fibrin. Furthermore, the autologous blood is swiftly spun for a few minutes after collecting the sample to isolate the fibrin matrix or “scaffolding.” Following the centrifuge process, the PRF is separated from the uppermost Platelet-Poor Plasma and the lower layer of red blood cells.
What is the History of PRF
Since the 1970s, dentists have recognised the healing capacity of platelet-assisted treatments. The platelets in plasma are enriched with growth factors (GFs) which are critical in healing wounds, stimulating the growth of bone, and largely regenerating deteriorated or lost tissues. PRF is further notable from other platelet formulations or concentrations because it is prepared without the addition of any other substances or artificial biochemical modifications.
PRF-assisted treatments at Smile In Style
Our team uses the highest safety and infection control standards to collect, prepare, and apply PRF. This enriched, healing substance may be precisely injected onto grafting materials. Making it an appropriate adjunct when augmenting deteriorated bone or other tissues. For instance, individuals who have experienced bone loss after a tooth extraction, may require grafting to build up hard tissue before the placement of dental implants. Using PRF may be a critical component to assist with the development of a solid foundation in the form of bone in the jaw. A requirement for the successful placement of Implant-supported prosthetics.
As a dentist with considerable experience in surgical extractions, Dr. Sutanter may recommend PRF following the removal of a tooth/teeth. She may also recommend as part of the socket preservation process, to combine this fibrin matrix with grafting material to preserve tissue at the extraction site. It is sometimes referred to as an “optimised blood clot”.
Other uses for PRF
- Repair various types of oral lesions/cavitations
- Provide protection of the treatment site following surgery
- Accelerate the integration of grafting materials designed to “remodel” dental and oral tissues
- Aid in immune regulation and control inflammation
- Reduce the risk of complications, such as infections, following surgery
- Predictably perform treatments, such as a sinus lift or sinus augmentation, to build up bone in the upper jaw
- Assist in the treatment of periodontal disease
To experience the benefits of our natural, safe, predictable, and holistic approach to healing and restoring your smile, call 03 8001 6021 in Sunbury and 03 8400 4104 in our Moonee Ponds rooms. You can also book online at www.smileinstyle.com.au
We welcome any questions that you may have and look forward to meeting you!