Platelet Rich Fibrin
Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is a by-product of blood (fibrin) that is rich in platelets. New technology permits doctors to isolate and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only a small amount of blood. Platelets contain growth factors that expedite angiogenesis and decrease healing time.
PRF Has Many Clinical Applications
PRF can be used to aid bone grafting for dental implants. This includes onlay and inlay grafts, sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation procedures, closure of cleft and/or lip, and palate defects. It can also assist in repair of bone defects created by removal of teeth, or small cysts and repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth.
PRF Also Has Many Advantages
Safety: PRF is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
Convenience: PRF can be generated in the doctor’s office while the patient is undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure such as the placement of dental implants or bone grafting.
Faster healing: The supersaturation of the wound with PRF, and thus growth factors, produces an increase of tissue synthesis and faster tissue regeneration.
Ease of use: PRF is easy to handle and actually improves the ease of application of bone substitute materials and bone grafting products by making them more gel-like.