Healing Dental Implant Surgery with PRP

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Prp, platelet rich protein, mixes with bone and speeds up the healing from surgery. Learn more about how PRP is used in bone augmentation surgery in this free oral health video from a dentist.

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So all it is, what the body does, is to take that bone and thinking that it's its own bone and then convert it into the patient's own bone. But how does it do that? It does with basically using the patient's own blood protein. Now there's a third type of bone that's been around also for a while. It's the synthetic bone. The synthetic bone, is basically as it is, its artificial bone that is used today. And before, it was not that good, now now a days it's very, very well used and it's very clean, it's very nice and they function basically no different than that of the cadaver bone. In all these situations you have to mix these bones with the patient's blood. Now the blood goes though a few series of steps. The first step is basically a centrifuge. And what it does is we take the blood from the patient which is drawn from the arm and then we centrifuge that. Basically draw about twenty CC of blood. Once it's centrifuged then you see there's a separation of the serum and the protein. And then once that's occurred we take the protein out and then we mix it with the coagulant and then we form it into a shape like in a gum form and then we inject it and mix it together with the bone that's been harvested or from the package that we purchased. And once you mix it with the bone you can see it kind of coagulate. You can lift it up with the tweezer very, very easily. The protein from the blood we know that the protein initiates the healing response. You know it's just like if we get a cut on our hand, you'll see a little bit of bleeding and then later it just kind of coagulates and stops. Now, this is what we want. We want that protein to get to that wound site and start the healing. But now what we did is by centrifuging that twenty CC of blood that's been drawn from the patient's arm, now we have one hundred percent concentrated platelet rich protein, PRP. And what we do is we take that, we mix it with the bone and place it on the site that is necessary for the bone to grow and on the wound where we cut the tissue. That speeds up the healing. What you will find that's amazing is that because that protein is at one hundred percent will remove all the other impurity that within one week that area heals so fast. It looks basically it's almost done healing. But usually something that takes three to four weeks, within the first week the tissue has closed already, the bones have settled, everything looks nice and clean. This is why whenever we do any type of bone augmentation or surgery, any type of major surgery we do use the blood protein. And the main thing is it speeds up the healing and it's clean and it's the patient's own healing ability. It's not something foreign so the body accepts it readily. This is something that is not used by all the dentists or surgeons. But most of us are starting to come around and find the importance of using this. We do it in all of our surgeries, and we've found that it's basically second to none. Because what the blood or the protein does, it masks the bone and so fooling the body into thinking that it is its own bone and it will accept it and it does the conversion basically taking these bones and absorbing it and building its own natural bone where it is supposed to be. And this can be in any part of the jaw. Upper or lower, any location within those areas. Wherever we place the implants. And so a lot of time you know when you place the implant a certain area where the bone is deficient we go ahead and patch a bone around those implant areas. Close the tissue up, leave it alone for six to ten months and then after that you find that bone to be solid, to be the patient's own natural bone and you're basically all ready to go.

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