PRP

Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

Northern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Surgeons located in Burke, VA, Reston, VA & Alexandria, VA

If you’re preparing to undergo an oral or maxillofacial surgery such as a sinus lift, dental implant procedure, or bone graft, you should consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This treatment provides a safe and effective way to relieve pain and inflammation, while encouraging your body’s natural healing abilities. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, the team proudly offers PRP on-site in their state-of-the-art offices. To learn more about this cutting-edge treatment, call to make an appointment or click the online booking tool today.

PRP Q & A

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a regenerative medicine technique that uses your body’s blood platelets, or growth factors, to encourage your natural healing processes. 

During PRP therapy, your Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery provider draws about 55 cc’s of blood and places it into a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around rapidly, separating the platelets from your blood. After completing this process, your provider injects the platelets into injured or damaged tissues, such as the gums surrounding your dental implants, allowing your body to heal faster and more efficiently. 

What types of oral and maxillofacial treatments can benefit from PRP?

Up until recently, PRP therapy was only approved for a hospital setting. However, thanks to modern advances in science and medicine, it’s now used for a number of oral and maxillofacial procedures, including:

  • Bone grafting 
  • Onlay and inlay grafts
  • Sinus lift procedures
  • Ridge augmentation procedures
  • Cleft lip and cleft palate correction

You might also benefit from PRP if you experience bone defects following the extraction of teeth or the removal of oral cysts. 

Is PRP in dentistry safe?

Yes. PRP therapy is safe and well-tolerated for dentistry procedures. Because the process uses your blood and healing factors, there’s no risk of infection or rejection. In addition, the Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery team performs PRP in-office, so you don’t have to see multiple providers for an appointment.

Following an oral or maxillofacial operation, PRP promotes a speedy recovery. By saturating your wound with PRP, your body increases tissue resynthesis and, ultimately, faster tissue regeneration. 

Is PRP used in all bone grafting procedures?

Whether or not you can benefit from PRP depends on the type of operation you’re undergoing and the severity of your symptoms. However, in most cases, treatment with PRP increases the amount of healthy bone present, while helping your mouth heal more quickly and efficiently. 

Following an exam of your teeth and gums, discussion of your goals for treatment, and review of your medical history, the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery can determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for PRP treatment. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the regenerative powers of PRP therapy in dentistry, make an appointment at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery today; call or click the online booking tool.