Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood and the large amount of blood needed to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. New technology permits doctors to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only 55 cc of blood, which is drawn from the patient while they are having outpatient surgery.

Why All The Excitement About PRP?

PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors (GF) into the wound. These growth factors; platelet derived growth factors (PDGF), transforming growth factor beta (TGF), and insulin-like growth factor (ILGF), function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors released and sequestered into the wound, the more stem cells are stimulated to produce new tissue. Thus, PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.

A subfamily of TGF, is bone morphogenic protein (BMP). BMP has been shown to induce the formation of new bone in research studies in both animals and humans. This is of great significance to the surgeon who places dental implants. By adding PRP, and BMP, to the implant site with bone substitute particles, the implant surgeon can now grow bone more predictably and faster than ever before.

PRP Has Many Clinical Applications

PRP can be used to aid Bone grafting for dental implants. This includes onlay and inlay grafts, sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation procedures, closure of cleft and/or lip, and palate defects. It can also assist in repair of bone defects created by removal of teeth, or small cysts and repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth.

PRP Also Has Many Advantages

Safety: PRP is a by-product of the patient’s own blood, therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.

Convenience: PRP can be generated in the doctor’s office while the patient is undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure such as the placement of dental implants.

Faster healing: The supersaturation of the wound with PRP, and thus growth factors, produces an increase of tissue synthesis and faster tissue regeneration.

Cost effectiveness: Since PRP harvesting is done with only 55 cc of blood in the doctor’s office, the patient need not incur the expense of the harvesting procedure in hospital or at a blood bank.

Ease of use: PRP is easy to handle and actually improves the ease of application of bone substitute materials and bone grafting products by making them more gel-like.

Frequently Asked Questions About PRP

Is PRP safe? Yes. During the outpatient surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than 15 minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.

Should PRP be used in all bone-grafting cases? Not always. In some cases, there is no need for PRP. However, in the majority of cases, application of PRP to the graft will increase the final amount of bone present, in addition to making the wound heal faster and more efficiently.

Will my insurance cover the costs? Unfortunately not. The cost of the PRP application (approximately $500) is paid by the patient.

Can PRP be used alone to stimulate bone formation? No. PRP must be mixed with either the patient’s own bone, a bone substitute material such as demineralized freeze-dried bone, or a synthetic bone product, such as BIO-OSS.

Are there any contraindications to PRP? Very few. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or hematologic diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure. Check with your surgeon and/or primary care physician to determine if PRP is right for you.

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This will be my 2nd Implant with this practice! I’m a very nervous patient and they immediately made me feel at ease . Thank you all for your kindness !

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Thank You Dr. Paterson, I needed a tooth removed. Excruciating pain the past two days. I was granted an appointment this morning (a cancellation). Dr. Paterson could not have been nicer and more welcoming.I had not expected to have the tooth extracted immediately!I agreed to sedation. When I awoke, my wife was sitting in the exam room, the tooth was gone, I remember nothing.No post procedure pain nor discomfort! Thank you Dr. Paterson for making the pain go away! Thank you to your super friendly and extremely professional and knowledgeable staff for taking such amazing care of me!Dr. Paterson is aplombStuartEnglishtown Stuart - January 16, 2024

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I am usually terrified of a dentist. this dentist was different. I felt so comfortable by the time I walked in to the time I left. Everything was explained clearly and acurately. They made me feel so comfortable. I would definitely recomment them to my family and friends. Its very hard for me to compliment anyone but this was easy. The staff the dentist was all smiling what a good feeling I had when I walked in.

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Dr Shah and his staff are amazing!!!

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Dr. Paterson is a terrific Dr. I came to him for a wisdom tooth extraction and having not gone thru this procedure before was quite anxious and apprehensive. From the very first visit thru to the procedure completion, the Dr. and his support staff were excellent. Special thanks goes to Angela who really gave me the confidence and support I needed before, during and after the procedure. Dr. Paterson entered to start the procedure and he was so calming and caring. I am now in recovery and I sit here less than a day later with almost no pain and healing well. All of my concerns and apprehension vanished. Dr. Paterson will be the first Dr. I go see if I need any of his services in future. I can only recommend Dr. Paterson and the staff at his Matawan office to anyone who required his services.

- Larry C

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Dr. Patterson and the medical assistants who were with him during my daughter’s extraction were outstanding. They were patient, caring, encouraging, and kind. Dr. Patterson provided excellent care.

- Neal D

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I’ve been a client of Dr. Gelband and Dr. Meyer. They do excellent finished work with minimal pain. My last procedure was a molar implant by Dr. Meyer. The implant was just right from the very beginning, and a year later, he checked it at no charge.

- Richard V

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Office staff were very attentive and helpful. Dr Myer was extremely thorough, took time to explain everything in detail. Anesthesiologist was also very professional and compassionate. Extremely pleased with the overall experience!!!

- Julia S

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Agnes was amazing! I was nervous going in and she put me at ease & was a wonderful support throughout the procedure. Dr. Meyer was extraordinary and truly put me at ease. I highly recommend this group & especially this team!

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