Platelet Rich Fibrin
Platelet Rich Fibrin or PRF is a process in which a patient’s own blood is utilized to supplement surgical site healing. We are using PRF in our practice to help our patients heal after tooth extractions and bone grafting.
How does PRF work?
Platelets have naturally have high quantities of growth factors which aid in the healing process by stimulating cells to repair areas of damage and by bringing new blood vessels that supplied the tissues with nutrients.
What is the process like?
If Dr. Gady or Dr. King think that PRF is right for you, they will draw some of your blood from your arm, similar to getting labs drawn at your doctors office. The blood will be processed in a machine called a centrifuge to separate your blood into it’s different components. The PRF layer will be extracted and formed into a membrane that will be placed in your surgery site.
“Sticky bone” is bone graft (generally cadaver bone) which is augmented with your blood products to make a bone graft material which is rich in your own growth factors and is easy to mold and shape. “Sticky bone” helps accelerate the healing process. Pictured below is sticky bone.