Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is an advanced treatment that promotes rapid healing and a shorter recovery following surgical procedures. A variety of medical fields, including plastic surgery, neurology, wound healing, and orthopedic surgery, use the approach, and it is well established within the oral surgery field as well.
With platelet-rich fibrin, Dr. Israel Puterman helps patients heal more quickly and shorten their overall treatment time. Certain multi-stage treatments normally require several weeks between procedures so that the gums, bone, or tissue can strengthen. By rehabilitating these areas more quickly, patients can get a faster outcome, whether it is a rejuvenated smile or a repair for recessed gums. PRF can also help patients feel more comfortable in the days following surgery because their surgical sites should heal more quickly.
Dr. Puterman has integrated a variety of advanced treatments in his practice to improve diagnosis, outcomes, patient comfort, and healing. They come in part from his extensive training as a periodontist and dental implant surgeon and in part from ongoing professional development. As a result, you can expect a high level of care during and after your procedure.
The Purpose of Platelet-Rich Fibrin
A variety of biological materials make up the blood in your body. These include:
- Platelets, which are blood cells that encourage clotting.
- Fibrin—a protein that holds the clot in place.
- Leukocytes, which are cells that defend against disease.
When you have a surgical procedure, your body should heal over time with help from these natural components of your blood. However, healing will take place at a normal rate, which varies from person to person.
Platelet-rich fibrin helps patients heal faster by providing a much higher concentration of these important cells at the surgical site. The fibrin gives you a ready and efficient source of healing cells, one that is made from your body’s own natural materials.
How Platelet-Rich Fibrin Works
Dr. Puterman treats patients with platelet-rich fibrin as part of the surgical procedures he performs. He will discuss his approach to PRF during the initial consultation and answer any questions that patients may have. There are a few basic steps to the process:
- Platelet-rich fibrin begins with a routine blood draw.
- Dr. Puterman spins the blood in a special centrifuge. This causes the materials inside of the sample to separate.
- He uses these individual materials to create thin membranes of healing cells, and he places the membranes at the site of the surgery.
- Dr. Puterman also combines healing cells with both gum graft and bone graft materials
All of these steps will happen as part of your oral surgery. Patients who receive treatment with fibrin will have the same experience as patients who don’t, other than having a blood draw and potentially experiencing a faster recovery.
How Dr. Puterman Uses Platelet-Rich Fibrin
Patients who are having gum, bone, or tooth-related procedures with Dr. Puterman may benefit from treatment with platelet-rich fibrin. He commonly uses the technique in the following surgeries.
A gum graft covers an area in which the gums have receded from the tooth, exposing the root. Dr. Puterman can typically use either gum tissue from the roof of the mouth or donor tissue to conduct the procedure. Platelet-rich fibrin can assist both the roof of the mouth and the graft site in their recovery. Patient results may look as good at one week with platelet-rich fibrin as they would at four weeks without the treatment.
Bone may naturally shrink in the area of a missing tooth, and periodontal disease can also destroy tooth-supporting bone. Both concerns can weaken the foundation of your jaw and cause aesthetic problems with your smile. Dr. Puterman uses bone grafts to restore lost bone and to strengthen areas of loss. He may combine the graft materials with platelet-rich fibrin to encourage the healing over the new bone and to speed healing.
Professionals in the varied medical fields continue to discover new methods of preparing and using PRF. As evidenced-based research demonstrates the effectiveness of these treatments, Dr. Puterman will employ them in his practice to the benefit of his patients.
Through the use of advanced techniques, Dr. Puterman helps patients get faster and more comfortable results. Learn about platelet-rich fibrin and other measures he uses in his procedures by scheduling an appointment at (301) 652-0939.