Even though it looks like a slug, this is your body’s best friend. Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is an innovative technique for accelerating the healing process of almost any surgical site. The procedure itself has been used in a number of high profile cases: Tiger Woods and Rafa Nadal notably, for infamous knee injuries. Depending on each individual case, PRF may be an ideal option as part a treatment plan for dental emergencies, reconstructive work, or dental implants.
What is Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?
PRF is the process of purifying and separating an individual’s own natural healing factors from their blood through the use of a centrifuge. Making PRF from a patient’s blood is a very simple: drawn from the patient’s arm, it is then immediately centrifuged at 2700 rpm for approximately 12 minutes.
The platelets are attached to the injured soft tissue and create a solid foundation for coagulation to occur. This results in a formation of a fibrin clot that covers the wound and prevents blood from leaving. The platelets also attract the aid of stem cells, making your fibrin layer an excellent springboard for new tissue to form and healing to occur.
Why do we use PRF?
We use PRF to not only speed up the healing process; we also use it to aid the growth process. For a variety of reasons, dental implants can be complicated. In cases of periodontal disease where a patient requires bone graphs, PRF provides a favourable environment for osseous regeneration and the maturation of soft tissue.
Along with improved healing time and regenerative benefits, PRF is also known to help with pain management at the site of the wound.
There are many great citations online covering this topic, some more difficult to understand than others, so hopefully we simplified the topic for our readers. For more in-depth and technical reading, take a look at the following article: Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery.
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