Understanding Biological Growth Factors and L-PRF

Biological Growth Factors Explained - Video Transcript

Hello, I’m Dr. Fred Loe of North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I am a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and have obtained a dental degree.

Optimal healing after an oral surgical procedure depends on your body’s ability to heal properly. Today, advances in biological sciences have greatly enhanced the way we can improve your body’s regenerative capabilities to achieve the best clinical results.

The latest clinical advances have provided a method for us to obtain a high concentration of growth factors and deliver them to the surgical site. These growth factors enhance and accelerate the healing process of your body by inducing rapid vascularization and bone and gum tissue growth. There are two basic types of growth factors, either synthetic laboratory-made or concentrates made from your blood. We utilize both forms depending on which is most appropriate for you. If we utilize your own blood, we use a special process to obtain platelet concentrates that provides high levels of your own growth factors. The first generation of this technique is well known in the world of professional sports, being utilized by the top athletes to rapidly heal injured tissues. In our office, we use a newer second generation technique known as L-PRF.

Using this technique, we can create grafting material derived from your blood that contains three to five times the amount of platelets and leukocytes found in a regular blood sample. The thin, compressed layer of platelet rich fibrin is strong and pliable, making it easy for us to utilize in your mouth and the increased platelet and leukocyte count ensures rapid healing of the tissue or bone. Unlike other concentrated platelet products, L-PRF continues to release biologic growth factors that contribute to rapid healing for seven days after placement. And because the material is derived from your own blood, no chemical additives are necessary.

If you are undergoing a procedure involving dental implants, bone grafting, gum tissue grafting, general or wisdom tooth extraction, or sinus lifting, you may be a candidate for the use of growth factors. During your initial consultation we will discuss these options and determine a plan of action that ensures optimal healing.

For all of your oral surgery needs, please visit us at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We perform general tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and bone grafting procedures, as well as facial trauma surgery and many other facial reconstructive procedures. We service all of Tarrant, Wise, and Parker Counties and look forward to caring for you at our state-of-the-art oral surgery facility. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call our office. Thank you.

Biological Growth Factors

When undergoing an oral surgical procedure, many patients are concerned with the amount of time it will take recover. In the past, the speed of recovery was based on the procedure performed, the patient’s adherence to the post-surgical instructions, and their body’s ability to heal properly. But now, advances in technology have allowed us to develop a method which improves the patient’s ability to heal quickly.

Using biological growth factors, Dr. Loe of Fort Worth, TX, can use a technique called L-PRF (leukocyte platelet-rich fibrin), in which the surgical staff at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can obtain a high concentration of your body’s growth factors and deliver them directly to the surgical site. This process increases healing in the mouth by inducing rapid vascularization of bone and gum tissue growth because L-PRF contains three to five times the number of platelets and leukocytes found a regular blood sample.

What are the benefits of L-PRF?

  • Material is strong and pliable, making it easy to utilize in several different procedures
  • Increased platelet and leukocyte count creates rapid healing of tissue or bone
  • Releases growth factors for seven days after placement
  • Derived from your own blood and no chemical additives are necessary

Am I a candidate for L-PRF?

Because L-PRF is extremely flexible and strong, it can be utilized in many different surgical procedures such as dental implant placement, bone grafting, gum tissue grafting, general or wisdom tooth extractions and sinus lifting. If you are interested in learning more about using these growth factors to accelerate your healing process, we encourage you to discuss this with our surgical team during your initial consultation. At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we will ensure that you are as informed as possible prior to your procedure in order to develop a plan of action that ensures optimal healing in the mouth.

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