Poster Title

The Use of Platelet-Rich Growth Factors in Dentistry

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Institution

Western Kentucky University

KY House District #

20

KY Senate District #

32

Department

Allied Health-Dental Hygiene

Abstract

As dental treatment options are expanded, new techniques within the office setting are constantly being developed. Present treatment modalities can assist with the stimulation of tissue formation after dental surgical procedures leading to various results. The placement of Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) provides enhanced healing following specific dental procedures using the patient’s donor tissue and therefore optimizes the final outcome. As a dental hygienist, it is important to be aware of alternative dental procedures implemented into treatment planning and to promote patient education, post treatment evaluation, and maintenance.

Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) is an autologous graft that is obtained from the patient’s blood. This provides a condensed network of fibrin that is saturated with cytokines, growth factors, and platelets. L-PRF speeds up the healing process and also reduces the need for bone grafts. It is capable of generating both soft tissue and bone and can be used in conjunction with a bone substitute or alone.

One of the primary objectives as a dental hygienist is to educate patients and discuss all treatment options. In order to better benefit patients, it is necessary to be aware of viable treatment alternatives that could encourage a more favorable result. L-PRF is an advantageous technique that provides optimal results when used in conjunction with many dental procedures and is truly an asset to the dental profession. Using this technique may be advantageous for a cost effective procedure and yield enhanced results through the use of an individual's own tissue.

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The Use of Platelet-Rich Growth Factors in Dentistry

As dental treatment options are expanded, new techniques within the office setting are constantly being developed. Present treatment modalities can assist with the stimulation of tissue formation after dental surgical procedures leading to various results. The placement of Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) provides enhanced healing following specific dental procedures using the patient’s donor tissue and therefore optimizes the final outcome. As a dental hygienist, it is important to be aware of alternative dental procedures implemented into treatment planning and to promote patient education, post treatment evaluation, and maintenance.

Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) is an autologous graft that is obtained from the patient’s blood. This provides a condensed network of fibrin that is saturated with cytokines, growth factors, and platelets. L-PRF speeds up the healing process and also reduces the need for bone grafts. It is capable of generating both soft tissue and bone and can be used in conjunction with a bone substitute or alone.

One of the primary objectives as a dental hygienist is to educate patients and discuss all treatment options. In order to better benefit patients, it is necessary to be aware of viable treatment alternatives that could encourage a more favorable result. L-PRF is an advantageous technique that provides optimal results when used in conjunction with many dental procedures and is truly an asset to the dental profession. Using this technique may be advantageous for a cost effective procedure and yield enhanced results through the use of an individual's own tissue.