What is L-PRF (Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin)
Tooth loss and damage to the jaw bone and dental tissues are often a challenge when placing dental implants. Without enough support in the jaw bone, dental implants cannot be immediately stabilized and tissue healing can become a long process. Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) is the solution. L-PRF is a new platelet therapy that is created from your blood. It is a game changer, since it promotes healing and bone growth from within your own body, in a safe and natural way. The results are improved healing response and significantly less recovery time.
Leukocytes are also known as white blood cells. They are the part of your immune system that is responsible for helping to heal your body. Platelets are also blood cells. they are responsible for attracting healing cells and creating blood clots. These are also key cells for producing growth factors. Fibrin is another component of blood that works with platelets to create blood clots. All these factors in L-PRF combined create a bioactive "band-aid" that is created from your own blood and then is placed in your surgery sites to promote healing.
How Does L-PRF Work?
If you suffered a small scrape on your knee, your body would react by creating a clot to stop the bleeding, form a scab, and finally regenerate healthy new skin. Platelet Rich Fibrin Therapy works similarly. A small amount of blood is collected to create an advanced bioactive compound that will boost the healing forces found within your own blood to improve your healing. The procedure is virtually painless - no more so than a routine blood test.
L-PRF provides a concentrated release of healing proteins, that helps directly in healing by creating a more efficient network for cells to communicate with other cells and tissues. Due to the high concentration of platelets and leukocytes within the L-PRF, the fibrin releases growth factors for up to 14 days after placement. This is when the body is repairing itself and needs the extra help to heal.
It is 100% natural and free of additives. Natural growth factors present in your body are concentrated using L-PRF. Your own concentrated platelets and other key blood cells and their unique healing abilities are simply re-introduced at the site of your surgical procedure. As a result, your own body releases powerful healing proteins, and creates a scaffold for healing.
What Are The Benefits of L-PRF?
- Promotes recovery and healing
- Virtually painless
- Only requires a small amount of blood
- Biocompatible - 100% natural, 100% you
- Lowered risk of complications
- No additives, chemicals, or foreign substances
Are There any Side Effects from L-PRF?
Since L-PRF uses your own blood and has no additives, this reduces the risk of allergies and complications. It is simply your own concentrated platelets, with their own unique healing abilities that are simply re-introduced at the site of extractions, implant placement, or other surgical site.