PRGF in Dentistry
What is PRGF?
Plasma rich in growth factors is a biomedical technology developed by BTI aimed at stimulating tissue regeneration through the concentration and application of growth factors and other proteins present in blood plasma.
How Does PRGF Work?
Through the plasma rich in growth factors technology, from a minimum amount of blood from the patient we can isolate and concentrate the proteins responsible for the repair and regeneration of tissues in order to use them therapeutically. The application of plasma rich in growth factors stimulates and accelerates the recovery of injured tissues.
What Are Growth Factors?
Growth factors are a group of proteins present in the plasma and in the platelets in our blood that play an essential role in the processes of repair and regeneration of tissues, since they trigger biological effects such as cell proliferation and differentiation, generation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) and the migration of cells to the places where regeneration is necessary (chemotaxis).
How is PRGF Obtained?
Obtaining plasma rich in growth factors is simple: it is just a case of extracting a small volume of blood from the patient and putting it through a centrifugation process to separate the different plasma fractions. This allows us to select the fraction that contains the appropriate proportion of growth factors and also to avoid the elements that might negatively interfere with the repair process.
What can PRGF be used for?
Plasma Rich in Growth Factors, or PRGF, has multiple uses in both medicinal and cosmetic care. PRGF involves harnessing the healing power of plasma and using this in topical treatments. Plasma is the component of blood that promotes healing. PRGF is sometimes known as the ‘vampire’ treatment as it involves using the patient’s blood.
Treatments that involve surgery, such as implants and periodontics, can be sped up with PRGF. Using this treatment, we can shorten the time between fitting the implants and having the denture fitted. PRGF increases the cellular regeneration process in the gums and bone, aiding the natural healing process.
We can also use PRGF in facial aesthetics. See how here.
Information taken in part from the BTI website.