If you’ve experienced bone loss in the jaw due to periodontal disease, trauma, or other condition, there’s hope. Bucks County Smiles offers the latest technological advancement, platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), to support dental bone grafting.
A dental bone graft is a dental procedure designed to provide more structure and support to the bone in the jaw. A small portion of bone may be removed from another anatomical area for the graft. Synthetic bone can also be utilized.
A dental bone graft can be necessary when the bone has degraded for various reasons, including tooth decay and periodontal disease. Often, dental bone grafting is used to shore up jawbone when a dental implant is placed.
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a new innovation in dentistry. We can help preserve bone using a derivative of the patient’s own blood. Because platelet-rich fibrin is made from your own blood, it is 100% natural and safe. PRF has amazing properties in that it can help stimulate bone growth in the bone graft.
You may have heard of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma therapy. This is similar and also shows tremendous results, but the newer PRF therapy is far superior in supporting bone growth and tissue healing. Platelet-rich fibrin is extremely effective in supporting dental implant placement. PRF can also be used to help gum grafts heal.
We first take a small amount of blood from the patient. It is then spun in a centrifuge to produce a thin layer of fibrin that is a wealth of proteins, platelets, cytokines, and growth factors. All of these factors tremendously support healing.
When the jawbone erodes due to tooth decay or periodontal disease, it can have a tremendous negative impact on your overall oral health. Weak bone does not support teeth or implants well, which can lead to loose teeth or even missing teeth in the long run. This then can negatively affect your bite, compromising your ability to chew or even speak. By rejuvenating and strengthening the bone, we support the entire jaw and mouth – ensuring good oral health for years to come!
Platelet-rich fibrin is 100% autogenous, which means it comes from your own body. Because of its natural connection to your body, it can stimulate three key processes that support bone and tissue regeneration (if you want to know the technical terms, they are chemotaxis, angiogenesis, and cell proliferation). Substances that come from outside your own body just aren’t able to mediate these processes, which is one reason why PRF is superior to synthetic and external grafting materials.
All of this means that PRF can help bone grafts connect with your own bone and heal faster. Studies have indicated PRF treatment can increase bone density over dental implant bone grafts that don’t leverage platelet-rich fibrin.
Some estimate that fewer than 10% of dentists in the United States leverage platelet-rich fibrin for grafting. Bucks County Smiles is proud to offer this state-of-the-art technology in Yardley, PA. We have had tremendous success using PRF for dental bone grafting, supporting dental implants, and full mouth reconstruction. If you have any questions, just call or email us!