Thank you for your interest in learning more about platelet rich plasma, and how Dr. Jurina Smida of Dental Care & Wellness of Sonoma County utilizes it for the benefit of patients in the Petaluma, CA area. Here are answers to common questions about PRP.
Is PRP new?
No. The process of separating platelet rich plasma from whole blood was pioneered in the late 1990s. Since that time, the enhanced healing properties of PRP have been used extensively for wound healing in plastic, orthopedic, and oral surgery.
What has changed?
In the past, use of PRP was limited largely by the cost of separating blood in a hospital setting. New technology allows a dentist to produce platelets from a small sample of the patient's blood, collected and processed on site.
What does PRP do?
PRP accelerates normal healing by rushing growth factors to the site where the plasma is administered. These fibroblasts and keratinocytes stimulate tissue generation.
How is PRP used in a dental office?
Dentists use PRP to speed healing of extractions, dental implants, bone grafts, and other oral surgeries.
Dr. Smida also offers facial rejuvenation with PRP. After processing, PRP is re-administered with a micro-needling technique or by injection to improve the appearance of:
- Fine lines
- Dark circles or under-eye puffiness
- Lax skin
- Dull complexion
- Rough texture
- Acne scarring
Is PRP safe?
Yes. Because it is a by-product of your own blood, there is no risk of allergic reaction or transmission of disease.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of PRP treatment?
Unfortunately, PRP is not covered by insurance plans at this time. We will be happy to assist you in applying for financing through CareCredit or LendingClub.
If you would like to know even more about PRP, please call 707-781-8550 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smida.