Firstly, you might be wondering, what is PRP and why should you care?

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma treatment. It’s a medical innovation that some patients may receive after having wisdom teeth extracted or before a dental implant procedure.

PRP treatment is low risk, safe and highly effective. It can help accelerate the post-operation healing process.

Advancements in PRP treatments are benefiting both oral surgeons as well as patients. If you’re curious about PRP treatments and its benefits for dental work, read on.

 

What is PRP treatment exactly?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment involves the use of plasma. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special “factors,” or proteins, that help your blood clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth.

When receiving PRP treatment, platelet rich plasma is extracted from the patient’s own blood, so there’s no risk of having an allergic reaction to a synthetic substance. And since it isn’t derived from donor blood, there is zero risk of disease transmission.

If your oral surgeon decides PRP is a good choice for you, you’ll have a small amount of blood drawn. This is placed in a centrifuge to separate the blood into its components. Plasma, which is the liquid part of the blood, is then super-concentrated with platelets. The result is platelet-rich plasma.

 

What are the benefits of PRP treatment?

The platelets in your blood contain proteins, which are called growth factors. When introduced to an injury or surgical site, these growth factors stimulate the stem cells to produce new tissue faster.

This is beneficial as PRP treatments can speed up the healing process. For example, if you’ve just had a bone augmentation procedure in preparation for dental implant placement, your oral surgeon might use PRP treatments along with the bone graft material. The PRP injection will trigger the increase in new bone mass, while also shortening the time you must wait before receiving your new dental implants.

There is also research available that demonstrates that PRP reduces post-surgery swelling and pain. Research also indicates PRP treatment can reduce the risk of infection.

 

Is PRP only used in dentistry?

PRP isn’t exclusive to dentistry. From musculoskeletal pain and injuries to cosmetic procedures, PRP injections are used for a range of conditions.

There are many studies that can demonstrate the clinical efficacy of PRP treatment. This has helped to increase the use of PRP treatment by oral surgeons.

Save on Medical Tourism’s partner clinics are at a forefront of innovation and advances in dental technology. We partner with clinics that offer PRP treatment to their clients.

 

Is everyone a good candidate for PRP?

Most people are good candidates for PRP treatment, however, there are some exceptions. For example, if you suffer from cancer, anaemia, or bleeding disorders, PRP treatment may not be a good fit for you.

It’s important to disclose your full health history to your oral surgeon so you can discuss PRP treatment and receive good advice.

 

Is PRP treatment safe?

The answer is Yes! A small sample of your blood will be taken by a healthcare worker. They will then prepare your sample and place it into a machine. After 15 minutes the PRP will be created and ready to be used.

Because the procedure uses tissues collected from the patient, the risk of allergic reactions is extremely low. Furthermore, there is no risk of disease transmission from the PRP itself.

PRP treatment is recognised as being safe by a number of leading health organisations, including John Hopkins Medicine.

 

Is PRP treatment always used for all cases where bone regeneration is required? 

No, this may not be the case. Your clinician will be able to explain your circumstances to you and give you information to inform your decision.

In a majority of cases, PRP treatment is used to increase the final bone volume. There can be many benefits from choosing to proceed with PRP treatment. However, this treatment isn’t mandatory.

 

Are there any side effects?

With PRP treatment there is minimal risk of infection or infection. Serious side effects rarely occur.

Some patients may experience pain and irritation from the site where the blood sample was taken. Other patients could experience swelling and redness at the injection site. These side effects typically appear quickly after treatment and disappear within a week.

 

Why do Save on Medical Tourism’s partner clinics use PRP treatment?

Our partner clinics practice holistic dentistry and also keep up to date with the latest evidence-based practices. They’re dedicated to ensuring their clients achieve the best long-term dental outcomes possible and the best overall health benefits.

The cost of a single PRP treatment varies from clinic to clinic and can range from $500 – $2,500 per treatment, depending on the speciality and clinic used. Our partner clinics are offering PRP as a complimentary service and value add-on for all eligible dental implant clients. That means you may be able to receive PRP treatment for free as part of your dental work.

 

Want to learn more?

If you’re interested in learning more about PRP treatment and if it may be right to use in conjunction with the dental work you need, please get in touch. Fill out our contact form and we’ll respond to you as quickly as we can.