Scott A. Gradwell, D.M.D., F.A.G.D, P.C.

Helping yourself Heal

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a concentration of your own platelets which are enriched with growth factors that improve and accelerate your own wound healing (surgical healing). PRP is also known as APC+ which stands for autologus platelet concentration. The word autologus means that it is part of your own body. Platelets are one of the components of your blood. Concentrate is to condense or pick out, if you will, just the platelet part of your blood so that we can put it back into the surgical site. The platelets form a jelly like substance which allows it to stay in a specific area to maximize healing.

A small sample of your own blood is taken from you (drawn from your arm) and put into a special tube. The tube is placed into a special centrifuge, high velocity spinning machine, and the platelets are harvested in a special collection site in the tube to be removed and put back into your mouth at the surgical site. Growth and wound healing factors are natural components of your body’s blood. Clinical data has shown that growth and wound healing factors may enhance and accelerate your body’s normal healing process.

PRP has been used clinically for over a decade. Leading clinicians like Dr. Scott Gradwell have used this procedure to help his patients for over a decade as well. In fact, Dr. Scott Gradwell was one of two dental specialists in the Lehigh Valley to incorporate this latest technique from the very beginning over 10 years ago. Other surgical specialists use PRP as well. ENT, Plastic surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and cardiovascular surgeons.

How could PRP be used for my surgery?
PRP is generally applied topically to the site where your surgery was performed. It can help control bleeding, enhance soft tissue graft healing, help maintain the position of bone grafts and allow for the seal of wounds which reduces the patient’s risk of infection. PRP has profound soft tissue healing in periodontal surgical procedures.

What are growth factors?
Platelets contain potent growth factors necessary to begin tissue repair and regeneration at the surgical site. Tissue repair and regeneration at the wound site, thereby this is a wound healing enhancing technique. Growth factors derived from platelets initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process.

A new frontier
The use of PRP is considered by many to be a “new frontier” of clinical therapy. The use of PRP can be used in so many types of procedures and is a true benefit to a patient’s surgical success.

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