Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF)


Plasma rich growth factor technology is a proactive approach to healing that allows your body to repair itself faster and more naturally. Used on tens of thousands of people in a variety of medical fields, this process takes healing agents from your own body and strategically applies them to wounds or recovery sites. The result? More effective healing. Here’s a closer look at the process.

What Is Plasma Rich Growth Factor?

When your body sustains an injury, the healing process takes place on a cellular level. Essentially, your blood cells release proteins that are rich in plasma and that encourage growth and healing. Medical professionals have figured out how to extract this plasma from your blood and use it for targeted healing purposes.

How Does Plasma Rich Growth Factor Affect Healing?

To get plasma rich growth factor from your body, your healthcare professional draws a very small amount of blood from your system. This is placed in a centrifuge, and as the blood spins, the plasma rich growth factor separates from the rest of the sample. When the PRGF is applied directly to a wound or post-surgical site, it ignites the healing process.

Who Uses Plasma Rich Growth Factors?

This process is especially helpful for patients such as smokers or diabetics who need help with bone regeneration. It’s used in maxillofacial surgery, traumatology, burn recovery units, ophthalmology, and even plastic surgery. It’s also used for very specific purposes in the field of oral surgery and dentistry.

How Can Plasma Rich Growth Factors Help With Oral Surgery and Dental Health?

In the dental field, using plasma rich growth factor can be helpful in a number of ways. When a dentist or oral surgeon extracts a tooth, the bone in that area needs to heal. Applying PRGF to the area helps the bone through that process, and taking this step helps to prevent the bone from breaking down or disintegrating.

Additionally, if a patient was born with bone defects, plasma rich growth factor therapy can help. It’s also extremely useful for patients who are getting dental implants.

An implant is a small post with a crown attached to it. To hold this permanent tooth replacement in position, the post is actually embedded into the jaw bone. Plasma rich growth factor helps because it speeds up the bone healing process after the post has been positioned, and it also helps to ossify the bone around the implant.

Are There Risks With Plasma Rich Growth Factor?

With this process, there are virtually no risks. As the amount of blood drawn is very small, the patient doesn’t need to worry about any issues around that. For example, this process requires significantly less blood than would be involved if the patient were donating blood. Additionally, it’s the patient’s own plasma. As a result, there’s no risk of rejection or contraindication. This process is just a way to direct and amplify the body’s own natural healing process.

If you are having oral surgery and you want fewer complications, less pain, and better healing, plasma rich growth factor may be the answer. Contact Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery for a consult today.

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