L-PRF stands for leukocyte-platelet rich fibrin. Put simply, these are blood cells and platelets that are taken from your own body and put into a centrifuge that spins your blood to form a clot. This can then be used post oral surgery to promote faster healing. These cells are taken just like a standard blood draw and it is placed at the site of your surgery. These biocompatible materials more efficiently promote healing and reduce the risk of allergic reactions. We are able to use your own blood to speed up your recovery post oral surgery in hard and soft tissues. Contact us at Be More Dental to schedule a consultation today.
We use something called the IntraSpin™ System to separate your blood.
During your consultation, Dr. Hurley will assess your suitability for the L-RPF procedure.
First, we will draw blood just like a normal blood test and collect it in a tube.
The blood that is drawn will be put into a spinning centrifuge which spins your blood to separate the active proteins from your cells.
After we spin your blood in the dedicated centrifuge, we will have formed a biocompatible blood clot that can be placed at the surgical site to speed up your healing.
If you are receiving dental implants, you need to go under multiple oral surgeries. The implant placement process requires at least two oral surgeries but if you require bone grafting as well, that’s three. L-RPF can be extremely useful in speeding up your recovery between these surgical procedures, as healing is crucial to the success of your implant procedure.
Bone defects can be caused by an array of sources, including gum disease, tooth loss, dental trauma, or an infection. A bone defect typically leads to resorption of the jawbone (bone loss). L-RPF can help heal and regenerate lost bone.
Surgical tooth extractions take longer to heal than basic extractions. Forming a blood clot is half the battle, as this prevents dry socket which can prolong healing and increase your risk of infection. By placing a biocompatible blood clot immediately following surgery, we can greatly reduce this recovery time.
Bone loss, when it occurs because of gum disease or oral trauma, can require lifting the sinuses to create more space for new bone. This requires two surgeries - a sinus lift as well as bone graft placement. L-RPF promotes faster healing and promotes bone generation.
If someone is born with a palatal defect that is not corrected with a palatal expander as their jaw is still growing, they will most likely require upper jaw surgery to widen the upper jaw. It can take up to 12 weeks to heal from this surgery, which L-RPF can be a huge help in accelerating.
Bone loss is the number one consequence of tooth loss. Over time, this can cause drastic changes in your bite and facial structure, leading to premature facial sagging. Insufficient bone can also make you ineligible for dental implants. A bone graft will be necessary to replace missing bone. L-RPF promotes natural bone regeneration.
Once the blood clot is created, we can control the thickness of the clot.
Yes, it’s completely safe, as your blood is taken in the same way as it would in a standard blood test at the doctor’s office. No additives are mixed in with your blood so you are receiving materials taken from your own body to aid in your own healing. This actually greatly reduces the risk of side effects and adverse reactions to other materials that are not biocompatible.
It does not hurt any more than a standard blood test. A small needle is used and you may feel a little pinch but it will be over before you know it. We can take steps to make you feel more relaxed and let us know if you have a fear of needles so we can accommodate you.
L-RPF treatment is most effective for the first 14 days post-surgery.