Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment in Pittsburgh
Accelerate the Healing Process
Plasma is a by-product of blood that’s rich in platelets. Until recently, it was only used in hospital settings due to the high cost of separating the platelets from the blood.
Now, thanks to advancements in technology, we can produce a sufficient amount of platelet rich plasma (PRP) from just a small blood sample. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of this unique substance.
How We Use PRP
We use platelet rich plasma to aid the healing process for a variety of treatments. Some of these include:
- Bone grafting
- Sinus lift
- Ridge augmentation
- Closure of cleft lip and palate defects
- Tooth extraction
- Repair of fistulas between sinus cavity and mouth
Benefits of PRP
PRP offers several unique benefits, some of which include:
- Faster Healing — PRP produces an increase of tissue synthesis, resulting in faster tissue regeneration.
- Convenience — PRP is generated during your surgical procedure, with no additional visits required.
- Affordability — As opposed to receiving PRP treatment in a hospital or blood blank, we only draw a small amount of blood to keep your cost reasonable.
- Safety — Since your own blood is used, you won’t have to worry about disease transmission or other contamination issues.
Frequently asked questions about PRP
Is PRP safe?
Absolutely — during your surgery, we’ll draw a small amount of your blood via an IV. Very little blood is needed to produce the PRP, and you won’t need to worry about incompatibility or contamination since it’s your own blood.
Should PRP be used in all bone-grafting cases?
Not always — in some cases, there’s no need for PRP. However, in the majority of cases, applying PRP to the graft will increase the final amount of bone present in addition to helping the wound heal more efficiently.
Can PRP be used alone to stimulate bone formation?
No — PRP must be mixed with either your own bone tissue, a bone substitute material such as demineralized freeze-dried bone, or a synthetic bone product such as BIO-OSS.
How often can PRP injections be given?
PRP injections can be given three times within a six month period. The injections are usually given two to three weeks apart and you should start to feel relief after the first or second round of PRP.
Ask Our Doctors About PRP
If you want to take advantage of this exciting new advancement in oral surgery, call our practice at (412) 366- 2090 and schedule a consultation today. We look forward to meeting you.