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Dr. Shankland offers an interesting and unique surgical procedure: Platelet Rich Protein (PRP) and Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF). Blood is exceptionally rich in platelets and other bioactive substances which, when used at a surgical site, accelerate the body’s healing processes. This concentrated blood has long been used in hospitals and clinics to accelerate healing. Dr. Shankland provides this valuable service.

In the blood are blood platelets, fibrin and growth factors. All of these important substances perform several essential functions in the body, including blood clot formation and triggering the release of other growth factors that help to heal wounds. These growth factors stimulate the stem cells to produce new host tissue as quickly as possible, which is why PRF and PRP are so effective in the healing process.

Platelet Rich Protein and Platelet Rich Fibrin are derived from the patient’s blood. Blood is drawn, which is placed in a centrifuge and spun at a high speed for several minutes, which separates the blood into its various protein components. A thin, compressed layer of platelet rich fibrin is produced. This layer is strong, pliable and suitable for suturing. This natural fibrin network is rich in platelets, growth factors and other bioactive substances that are derived from the blood platelets and white blood cells. The presence of these proteins produce rapid healing, especially during the critical first seven days after surgery. This network promotes more efficient cell migration and proliferation without chemical additives.

PRP and PRF are two different products produced with this process. PRP is derived after subjecting the initially spun blood to a second procedure. Dr. Shankland will discuss and decide which or both PRP and PRF are important in various surgical procedures.

Dr. Shankland will be more than happy to answer your questions concerning PRP and PRF procedures. Just as implant have become the standard of care and improved the quality of clinical dentistry, PRP and PRF also greatly improve surgical outcomes.