At Montee & Montee Dental Co, we strive to continually incorporate the newest dental technologies into our practice to ensure our patients receive the highest quality experience possible. For this reason, we are excited to be one of the only dentists in Nashville offering the Platelet Rich Fibrin protocol. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about this remarkable service.
Why is my dentist using the PRF protocol in his office?
As a firm believer in following evidence based science, Drs. Montee have incorporated the Platelet Rich Fibrin treatment protocol into their surgical procedures. We want the best treatment and most predictable outcome for you. PRF is an advanced technology and medical innovation that has been shown to help your bone and soft tissue to heal faster, stronger and to minimize the negative effects of the inflammatory process.
What is platelet rich fibrin (PRF)?
Our blood has incredible healing properties one of which is PRF. PRF comes from YOUR OWN blood and consists of a fibrin network- think of a piece of cotton fabric- that is rich in platelets, leukocytes (infection fighting cells) and powerful growth factors. Any time you cut yourself your body responds by beginning the healing process- one cell signals another cell which brings a healing protein that starts another healing cascade. The PRF process takes that cellular cascade and concentrates it into a fiber mesh that covers your graft.
What is it that we are getting from my PRF?
Regenerative power. Your leukocytes have anti-infective and anti-inflammatory effects that act within your graft site. A very powerful growth factor- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) – think super protein- causes new blood vessels to form rapidly within the bone graft which in turn causes you to grow healthy new bone rapidly. Your platelets are concentrated within this mesh work and release various growth factors that enhance the healing cascade.
Where is PRF being used?
PRF treatment is being used in many areas of medicine to include orthopedics, plastic surgery, sports medicine, Ear Nose and Throat, periodontics and dental implantology.
What is the process to obtain PRF?
The PRF process is simple chair-side procedure. A small amount of blood will be drawn into tubes no different than when you have blood collected at the hospital. Your part is done. The next two steps of spinning your blood and retrieving the PRF are completed by the doctor and staff. Once your fibrin is retrieved, Dr. Montee will place the PRF into your grafting site at the time of surgery as part of your graft – a super band-aid covering a cut.
If you have any questions, Dr. Montee would be happy to go into further detail about the science and processes involved. You can also request to watch a video of the PRF process.