Understanding Biological Growth Factors and L-PRF

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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, Drs. Glenn Green and Fred Loe 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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