One of the things I want to talk about today is what's called PRF, that's platelet-rich fibrin. That word's not very important, what's important is what it is. It's a thing that I learned about in some extensive grafting training during my residency where basically you have, throughout your body, all the things required to heal. We all know that. When you get a cut and your body can fix it, right? You break a bone; it will heal if you allow it to.
That's because we got all these little important molecules floating around in us in a very dilute form. When you have an injury, those things have to trickle to the part to help start fixing it.
What PRF is it's a concentration of that. So if we're doing any kind of oral surgery, like I said, I learned this word, "extensive grafting," but because it works so well, I started doing it for everything. That includes wisdom teeth, a simple single tooth extraction, implants, sinus lifts, other types of bone grafting. We use it on everything because there's no downside to it, honestly.
What it is, is when you're sleeping--because we do IV sedation for most everything we do here as far as oral surgery goes--we draw just a couple of vials of blood, just like if you're giving a sample to the physician's office. While we're working, I'm centrifuging that blood. It separates the blood out into two parts, the part that has nothing to do with healing, and it concentrates the part has everything to do with healing. That's our PRF.
It's full of your growth factors, your hormones, your platelets, fibrin--the PRF part fibrin--that's the part that needs our blood clot. So what we'll have it a pure clot in this test tube, concentrated with all of those really important, very helpful molecules that we can take in a preformed clot, place it right wherever that oral surgery took place.
The tooth comes out, and we put that clot right in there and it jump starts the healing process. That means it minimizes pain, minimizes swelling, speeds up how quickly whatever it is closes up, it's got really important proteins that are called bone morphogenetic proteins. And it's not important that you know what that is, just that they're there and that it's really really helpful.
It speeds up every part of your healing process. So when I check on you about two weeks after whatever procedure we do, it's uncommon that it looks like it's been four weeks. It's amazing stuff. It's kind of like our body's version of miracle growth. There's no way that you can be allergic to it because it's your blood, and it's just the refined, best version of you, so we take out the stuff that is diluting what's normally floating around. We concentrate all the good stuff, we put it right to where we want something to heal fast and it does exactly that. It's amazing stuff.
When you're here, we'll talk about it more, but just know that we go out of our way to take that extra step no matter what level of oral surgery you're going under to make it the easiest thing possible.