Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)

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Once you’ve received dental implants, there is a post-surgery recovery period where you need to give your body time to heal. PRF in Nashville is designed to expedite healing by using platelets from your own blood. With PRF, you can expect a targeted and efficient healing experience, promoting optimal recovery and ensuring a successful outcome for your dental implant procedure.

What is Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?

PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) is a blood- derived product created by processing a small blood sample in a specialized centrifuge system.

Unlike PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma), PRF does not need any additional substances such as anticoagulants or additives during processing. The resulting PRF membrane contains platelets, leukocytes, cytokines, and fibrin, which help in tissue healing and regeneration.

Dentists usually use PRF in Nashville to expedite healing for dental implants, but this procedure can also be used in tandem with bone grafting.

How Does PRF Work?

After dental implant surgery, dentists prepare PRF and place it in the affected area to help with healing. PRF contains platelets that release special substances called growth factors and cytokines. Some growth factors include platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), and insulin-like growth factor (IGF).

Growth factors are like messengers that tell your body to heal faster. They help cells grow and multiply, encourage the formation of new blood vessels, and promote the regeneration of tissues. They also attract cells that are important for repairing tissues, increase the production of collagen (a protein that strengthens tissue), and speed up the growth of new bone and soft tissues.

How Many PRF Treatments Do You Need?

For straightforward cases with good bone quality and healing potential, a single PRF treatment is typically effective in promoting accelerated healing and facilitating successful implant integration. On the other hand, more complex cases or individuals with compromised healing abilities may benefit from multiple PRF treatments.

While there is no specific standard or fixed number of PRF treatments for all cases, your dental professional will evaluate your condition and determine the most appropriate treatment plan. They will consider factors such as the complexity of the procedure, your overall health, and your specific healing response to ensure a successful outcome for your dental implant surgery.

What Are the Benefits of PRF?

Accelerated Healing: PRF in Nashville promotes a faster healing process by providing a concentrated source of growth factors that stimulate tissue repair and regeneration. This can potentially reduce the overall recovery time after dental implant surgery.

Improved Bone Regeneration: PRF has shown promising results in enhancing bone regeneration around dental implants. By promoting the formation of new bone tissue, it stabilizes the implant and improves its long-term success rate.

Reduced Risk of Infection: Platelet Rich Fibrin possesses antimicrobial properties that help combat potential infections at the surgical site, reducing the risk of complications.

Minimized Swelling: The application of PRF can reduce post-operative swelling and discomfort, enhancing your well-being during the recovery period.

Biocompatibility and Natural Appearance: Platelet Rich Fibrin is derived from your own blood, making it a safe and biocompatible treatment option. It eliminates the risk of allergic reactions or rejection.

Who’s a Good Candidate for PRF?

Some people aren’t able to take advantage of PRF due to bleeding disorders and certain types of allergies. PRF involves the use of platelets derived from the patient's own blood, and individuals with bleeding disorders may have difficulties with the blood's clotting ability. Similarly, people with specific allergies may have an adverse reaction to the components present in PRF.

During your initial consultation, we can let you know whether you’re a good candidate.

What to Expect from This Procedure

There are many reasons why we like recommending PRF, such as:

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    It does not take a significant amount of time. Often, we can draw the necessary blood on the same day as your implant appointment.

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    While it is not typically covered by insurance, it’s very cost-effective.

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    It’s safe, since we’re using you’re your own blood.

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    Along with significantly reducing recovery time, PRF has also been shown to reduce the discomfort you experience after the procedure.

Looking for PRF in Nashville?

You’ve come to the right place. At Nashville Dental Implants, we work to provide the periodontic care you need. We know that quality and experience matter, which is why we’re proud of the many patients who have walked out of our office with better smiles.

Have any questions about what we can do for you? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also schedule an appointment online. We’re always happy to help people looking to restore their oral health.