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Platelet-rich Fibrin (PRF), A Game-Changer in Implant Dentistry?

Patients looking for implant-based restorations must commit to 3-6 months of healing. Most patients don’t complain about the length of treatment time because dental implants give them something close to the real deal. However, advancements in surgical dentistry have led to platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), which speeds up the healing mechanism and reduces inflammation. The use of PRF in implant dentistry has increased the healing rate, helping patients enjoy their new teeth sooner!

Ready to see what PRF can do for your dental health? Please book an appointment with Neal Edwards DDS, to try this breakthrough treatment in Riverside, California. 

What is platelet-rich fibrin?

The PRF substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) used to promote wound healing, hemostasis, and tissue and bone regeneration. PRF acts as a scaffold for new tissue. It also acts as a barrier membrane by preventing non-desirable cells from entering the bone defects of the jaw, such as the implant placement site.

The PRF procedure is a straightforward one. It involves drawing a patient’s blood and placing it in a centrifuge for a few minutes. When placed in a centrifuge, the blood coagulates and splits into three different layers. The PRF concentrate — rich in platelets, growth factors, and stem cells — is extracted and compressed into a membrane used in multiple dental procedures.

The use of PRF in implant dentistry

PRF naturally accelerates bone healing after implant surgery or bone grafting. The PRF concentrate occupies the implant or bone grafting site, preventing soft tissue from growing into bone. PRF also reduces the infection rate because it has a high concentration of white blood cells. With PRF, patients who have undergone surgery enjoy accelerated healing with minimal post-op complications. 

Implant dentistry isn’t the only treatment that can benefit from PRF. Other dental applications of PRF include: 

  • Periodontal bone grafting
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Gingival grafting
  • Wound sealing

Platelet-rich fibrin is the new thing in dental surgery — it promotes faster healing and reduces the chances of infection.

If you want to experience this technology in Riverside, CA, please dial (951) 614-0033 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Neal Edwards and the team.

Neal Edwards DDS, FICOI

Neal Edwards DDS, FICOI

Neal Edwards, DDS, FICOI, studied Biology at La Sierra University and earned his dental degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where he also followed a mini-residency. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Edwards takes hundreds of continuing education units a year and completed his ICOI Fellowship recently. He is a Team Dentist for the Ontario Reign hockey team - LA Kings’ AHL affiliate.

He loves meeting people and helping them achieve their dental goals.

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