Leukocyte and Platelet Rich Fibrin (LPRF)
At Oral & Facial Surgery, we pride ourselves on our use of new and revolutionary techniques, including Platelet Rich Fibrin. Leukocyte and Platelet Rich Fibrin, or LPRF for short, has changed the way we treat tissue regeneration. In many ways, it has taken our surgical facility to even greater heights!
What Is Platelet Rich Fibrin?
Our blood mainly consists of a liquid, which is referred to as plasma. However, it also contains smaller components such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are an important part of clotting blood, and also play a major role in healing injuries.
LPRF is a byproduct of separating thousands of platelets from a larger source of blood plasma. In the past, LPRF was confined to the hospital due to extremely high costs. Technological advancements have lowered the byproduct LPRF, making it more widely available to patients like you.
Platelet Rich Fibrin Process
To develop LPRF, our specialists must first extract a small amount of blood. Next, the platelets are separated from the other parts of your blood in a centrifuge. This eliminates the need for platelet preparation at a hospital or blood bank.
Taking the platelets from your blood also ensures that the procedure is completely safe.
The procedure usually takes place immediately after your initial surgery. LPRF contains a high concentration of growth factors that can expedite the healing process.
Applications for Platelet Rich Fibrin
Platelet Rich Fibrin has many clinical applications in many medical fields. At our office, we mainly use LPRF for bone grafting, gum grafting, and dental implants. Grafting applications may include sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, and socket preservation.
LPRF can also be used to close lip, cleft, and palate defects. The platelets assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate soft tissues. An increase in growth factors can ensure your stem cells are properly stimulated.
The growth factors in LPRF contain a bone morphogenic protein (BMP), which has been shown to induce the formation of new bone. This is immensely beneficial for patients who have experienced significant bone deterioration due to missing teeth or injury. In the past, bone deterioration could prevent a patient from receiving a dental implant.
If you need implant treatment but have also suffered from bone deterioration, we may recommend a bone graft. By adding LPRF to the implant site, our specialists can help you grow healthy bone faster and more effectively than ever before. This will help ensure that you qualify for implant treatment.
Advantages of Platelet Rich Fibrin
The use of LPRF has revolutionized the healing process following many oral & maxillofacial surgeries. Advantages of Platelet Rich Fibrin include:
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If you would like to learn more about LPRF or our other cutting-edge treatments, call Oral & Facial Surgery in the Lewiston/Clarkston region at 208-743-1640 or in the Moscow/Pullman region at 509-330-5020.