WHAT IS PRF?
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a healing formula that is made from your blood cells. Blood cells called platelets carry many different proteins the body uses to heal wounds.
In daily life, when you get a cut, the platelets in your blood cause the blood to clot and create a scab. Gradually, the platelets release a wide variety of healing proteins to rebuild the skin.
In dentistry, we concentrate these platelets from your own blood and make PRF, which promotes faster healing of jawbones and soft tissues.
How Do We Make PRF?
It’s a simple process where we will:
- Draw a small amount of your blood.
- Spin the blood in a centrifuge at a certain speed.
- Make a formula that has 10 times more platelets than your natural blood.
PRF also contains white blood cells, which fight disease, along with stem cells, which can become other types of cells as needed. Finally, it contains fibrin, which is a key to wound healing.
PRF has no additives, such as anticoagulants. That means it starts to clot on its own, becoming a spongy fiber matrix, slowly releasing growth factors for tissue healing.
How We Use PRF
Once we create your PRF from your blood, we can make it into:
- AN INJECTABLE LIQUID | This is injected into soft tissue during a procedure for faster healing and improved results.
- A MEMBRANE | This covers a surgery site. Or it helps to heal gums during a procedure to improve receding gums.
- AN INGREDIENT IN A BONE SUBSTITUTE MIXTURE | A bone graft with added PRF has a better consistency and promotes faster healing. The PRF fuses the bone graft together.
- A PLUG | We can place PRF into the holes left by extracted teeth. This improves the healing of a tooth socket.
Using PRF during dental implant surgery is especially promising. A common challenge during implants is to find enough material in the jawbone or the area around the sinuses. PRF helps bone grafts to create new bone that will bond with the implant.
ADVANTAGES OF PRF
At Valley Dental Solutions, we’re glad to offer PRF to our patients, because it offers advantages that will improve your experience:
- Faster Healing Time: When PRF is used during surgery, we will examine the surgical site during a 1-week follow-up visit. The site can look like it has healed for 3–4 weeks, not 1.
- Convenience: It takes less time in the centrifuge to make PRF than the first-generation regenerative mixture called PRP.
- Safety: PRF is made from your own blood, eliminating chances of outside infection. Plus, it doesn’t require additives.
- Surgery Procedure Improvement: PRF reduces bleeding and inflammation during the surgery. It also helps your dentist close the surgery site easier.
- Accepted by Immune System: Because it’s made of your cells, the body doesn’t reject it or have an allergic reaction to it.
- Available to Almost Every Patient: We have the equipment and training to make it from your cells.
- Low Cost: Because it doesn’t require expensive additives or drugs, PRF is a relatively cheap way to speed healing along.
Discover Advanced Regenerative Dentistry In Chandler, AZ
After reviewing the scientific literature and receiving training, we decided to make regenerative dentistry available for the benefit of our patients. If you need a procedure like a dental implant or extraction, contact Valley Dental Solutions and ask about regenerative dentistry.
Detailed Dental Imaging
- Safer | Digital x-rays use 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. They are safe for everyone, even those who are pregnant.
- Immediate | X-rays make for a quick diagnosis that can give you answers and present solutions faster than ever.
- Precise | We can also zoom in on the image to get a clearer, more precise view of any problem areas.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Examining Your Teeth and Gums
Our general recommendations for good oral health include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day.
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Avoiding biting on hard objects like ice cubes or pencil ends.
- Using a mouthwash with fluoride.
General dentistry is all about preventing oral issues that can be painful, debilitating, and expensive to treat. While Valley Dental Solutions can do a lot to help with that, so can you! Setting a daily routine for yourself can make a big difference.
Just like you need to wash your hair regularly, your mouth needs personal hygiene too. You’ll want to make sure you’re keeping it clear of bacteria as much as possible.
Brush twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed. This gets rid of all the bacteria that develop while you sleep and the food remnants from your meals during the day. Make sure to get all of the surfaces of your teeth, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Floss at least once a day at bedtime. This helps you get all the food out of the cracks between your teeth so bacteria doesn’t have any leftovers to snack on while you’re sleeping. Flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease.
Rinse with mouthwash. After flossing, food and plaque debris can still be floating around your mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash can wash out those particles and leave your mouth clean and fresh. Many mouthwashes strengthen and protect your teeth against harmful bacteria.
Visit our office every six months. While brushing and flossing at home are both helpful and necessary for good oral health, only a deeper cleaning can continue to get rid of tartar and plaque. We also polish your teeth after a cleaning so they shine and feel smooth.
Red, Tender, Swollen, or Receding Gums
Many of these symptoms point to gum disease, a common yet serious issue that needs to be addressed quickly. There are regenerative gum disease treatments that can bring back your oral health.
Persistent achy teeth can signify a tooth infection. Regenerative root canal therapy can remove the infected tissue from inside a tooth with advanced technology and provide relief for toothaches.
Loose Permanent Teeth
Only baby teeth should fall out. If you start to notice that a permanent tooth has come loose, that is a dental concern. Dentists can diagnose and treat underlying issues and possibly save your tooth.
Unusual Tooth Sensitivity
It’s normal to feel some sensitivity to extremely hot or cold foods, but if this sensation becomes extremely painful or occurs frequently, there may be an underlying issue like a cavity or infection.
Some headaches and jaw aches are due to nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism) or issues with the TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to injury, but many TMJ disorders are easily treated.
Persistent Mouth Sores
Mouth sores that keep returning or won’t go away could be a symptom of allergies, disease, or even cancer. Getting these sores looked at by a dentist can get you treatment and peace of mind.
Saliva is important to keeping your mouth clean and helping you break down food. You may experience dry mouth if you sleep with your mouth open or if you have issues with your saliva glands.
Persistent Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath can be caused by:
- Improper dental hygiene.
- Eating a diet poor in nutrients.
- Dry mouth, often from sleep apnea.
- Gingivitis or advanced gum disease.
- Liver or kidney infections or diseases.
Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy is an essential part of good oral health. Your hormone levels change drastically and can put you at risk for gum disease, halitosis, and other issues.
Visiting a dentist every six months is important for your oral health, but sometimes dental concerns arise between visits. Below are other concerns that should be examined and diagnosed by a dentist.