Dental implants continue to gain popularity as the most cosmetically appealing option for replacing teeth that can’t be saved. They’re durable, easy to care for and can be used to replace one, many, or a mouthful of missing teeth.
The procedure is relatively painless, about what you’d expect with a tooth extraction. It does require patience, though, since it takes time for your jaw to bond with the manufactured implant post or “root.” This must occur before your implants are finished off with natural-looking crowns that even you may mistake for the real thing.
At EZ Dental Clinic, we are passionate about providing our greater Seattle, Washington, community with the most effective and reliable oral health care available. We’re happy to include dental implants in our wide array of expert dental services.
Ilya Miloslavskiy, DDS, is our implant specialist. He’s widely respected for his expertise in implantology and is pleased about the positive results he’s seen when using platelet-rich fibrin therapy to speed healing following an implant procedure.
The basics of dental implants
A dental implant includes a manmade “root” that’s implanted into your jaw at the site of your missing tooth. It’s a minor surgical procedure that’s quick and relatively painless. This root is eventually topped with a crown or, in the case of many missing teeth, a bridge or arch that includes several replacement crowns.
The implant is made of biologically friendly material so your body recognizes the manmade root as a biocompatible structure. That stimulates the growth of new bone tissue that bonds with and supports the implant in the same way it does natural tooth roots.
The supportive action that your bone tissue provides ensures the implant’s superiority over traditional crowns, bridges, or dentures that ride on top of your gums and eventually lead to bone loss. Unfortunately, it can take a few months for bone tissue to heal and fully secure the titanium root in your jaw.
Enter platelet-rich fibrin therapy.
How does platelet-rich fibrin therapy work?
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a byproduct of blood that contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. When you have a wound or other tissue damage, these substances signal cells to regenerate. It’s a natural part of your body’s healing system that repairs and rebuilds new tissue.
Dr. Miloslavskiy obtains the PRF from a sample of your blood, about the same amount you’d give for a lab test. He places the sample in a machine called a centrifuge, which spins fast enough to separate the platelets from other blood components. The PRF is then extracted and applied to the implant site.
PRF therapy is a well-established and clinically tested treatment that improves soft tissue and bone regeneration, reduces inflammation, and helps speed healing after dental implants and other surgical procedures.
Call us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Miloslavskiy or use our online tool to request a consultation. We’re happy to evaluate you to see if dental implants are an option and to discuss the benefits of PRF therapy to help speed healing.