Platelet rich fibrin is a second-generation platelet rich plasma where autologous platelets and leukocytes (white blood cells) are present in a complex fibrin matrix to accelerate the healing of soft and hard tissue and is used as a tissue-engineering scaffold.
It requires a small quantity of blood that we take from the patient just before their dental procedure. This blood is drawn in vials and then spun in a centrifuge which separates the blood into it’s individual components: 1. plasma, 2. red blood cells and 3. a small but very concentrated quantity of white blood cells and platelets trapped within a fibrin matrix. It’s the fibrin matrix layer that contains the healing and growth factors that we use to enhance healing.
These products, processed from your own blood, are then immediately placed into the surgical site. These elements of your blood are responsible for accelerated healing and tissue regeneration and growth. When the mixture is applied to an open wound, such as the one caused by a tooth extraction or other type of dental surgery, the PRF stimulates stem cells to grow new tissue very quickly and speed up your healing.
If you have treatment coming up and want to know if you are a candidate for platelet rich fibrin therapy, please contact Drs. Erik and Howard Low at Erik Low, D.M.D., M.S., Inc. and Howard Low, D.D.S., Inc. Phone Number 408-746-3878.
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