PRGF is an advanced healing procedure. It’s different from anything that you’ve seen before because it involves the extraction of protein from your blood. The accelerated healing after surgery that it promises is very helpful for dental procedures like bone graft surgery.
Right off the top there are several large advantages including minimal pain and bruising. As well ,there’s less information and a reduced chance that the site will become infected. In a nutshell, this is the process whereby we use the bodies self healing properties for dental procedures.
The growth factors that are at the centre of this process are essentially proteins. These proteins are found in your blood and they carry out complicated processes when it comes to regenerating and repairing tissue. That means they have a variety of different uses in the medical and dental fields. Our dentists were particularly interested in their use for any invasive procedures that include everything from cosmetic dentistry to tooth extraction.
Some of the other benefits of PRGF technology include:
- The fact that the entire healing process is sped up. For dental practices, this becomes especially important. Patients might shy away from invasive procedures like dental implants or even tooth extractions if they are looking at long recovery times. This safe and efficient approach helps to alleviate those fears.
- This technology even helps with tissue regeneration. Although all the implications haven’t been explored yet, there are some interesting applications on the horizon for gum disease. This added bonus is also an excellent incentive for dental surgeons who are treating active people who don’t have a lot of downtime available to them. Anything that speeds the entire process along makes it more attractive and efficient to everyone involved.
- PRGF reduces complications and the risk of different types of infections. Because the original source is the patient’s own blood, there’s less chance of any type of cross-contamination.
Applications for PRGF surgery:
There are a variety of dental treatments where this application is suited. For example, in the initial stages of dental implant surgery, being able to use these growth factors in the recovery process is helpful. This is especially true after the dental posts have been put in and there’s a lag time between that and the fitting of the crowns.
Because PRGF also helps to regenerate tissue, it can be very useful in treating different kinds of gum disease like gingivitis. The goal here is always to stop the spread of gingivitis before it becomes the more serious peritonitis.
This is also a useful technique for dental extractions. Because there is often a bit of bleeding during this process, PRGF is a quick and easy way to speed the patient on the recovery path.
Once you start looking into the process, you’ll see how simple the whole thing really is. The first step is to find out whether a patient is a good candidate. That means drawing a small amount of blood and putting it into centrifuge. That will separate the plasma from the white and red blood cells producing the substance that is rich in growth factors.
There are a few patients who are necessarily going to see the benefits. Patients who have problems with their blood clotting shouldn’t count on being able to draw the benefits here.
If you’re a patient wondering about this process, asking the right questions is the first step to making an informed decision. This is a relatively new technique but it shows tremendous promise. PRGF already appears to be the next generation of treatments surrounding dental procedures.