PRGF – Rapid healing for Dental Implants
Over the last 20 years or so, dentistry has observed incredible progress in knowledge, materials and technology. Dental implants being one such area; providing a solution for people who want to replace missing or failing teeth, but don’t want bridges or dentures. Yet for some people, the healing period related to implant treatment (typically between 3-4 months) is relatively long and can be off-putting.
PRGF (Plasma Rich in Growth Factor) purports to reduce the swelling, discomfort and healing time; making an implant treatment plan a more attractive option.
PRGF is a protein concentrate that is created after the centrifugation of the patients’ own blood, creating a concentrate of growth factors and platelets that theoretically accelerate healing.
In reality, multiple scientific studies have proven that PRGF / PRP / RF and similar blood concentrates only accelerate initial soft tissue healing but do not accelerate bone healing and do not provide any significant advantage when looking at the final result.
Some implant dentists advertise PRGF / PRP / PRF / protein concentrate as a marketing technique, however, the available evidence shows that their effect is limited if any. Some DentalCarePlus dentists have used this technique in the past, and found very limited improvement, if any at all. Whilst it was a promising idea launched years ago, it is now slowly fading away.
DentalCarePlus implant dentists have a policy of using evidence based techniques in the long term interests of the patient, and as a result, choose not to use PRGF. Let’s face it, the healing period of between 3-4 months is not particularly long anyway.