Platelet Rich Plasma
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release growth factors into the wound. These growth factors function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. Thus, speeding up the healing process.
A subfamily of transforming growth factors is called bone morphogenic protein (BMP). BMP has been shown to induce the formation of new bone. Our surgeons will draw only 10-20cc of blood and centrifuge it to extract the PRP. They will then add the PRP, and thus BMP, to the implant site with bone substitute particles. The bone will now grow more predictably and faster than ever before!
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Frequently Asked Questions About PRP
Should PRP be used in all bone grafting cases?
Not always. In some cases, there is no need for PRP. However, in the majority of cases, application of PRP to the graft will increase the final amount of bone present in addition to making the wound heal faster.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Unfortunately, not. The cost will vary per patient depending on how many vials of blood drawn, and number of placement sites. Our office does provide office discounts when PRP is placed with necessary procedures.
Can PRP be used alone to stimulate bone formation?
No. PRP must be mixed with either the patient’s own bone, or a bone substituted material.
Are there any contraindications to PRP? Very few. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure.
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