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Platelet Rich Plasma
San Jose, CA

Platelet Rich Plasma - Keith Cooper, DDS - Prosthodontist San Jose, CAOnce only found in a hospital setting, using platelet rich plasma has become a common practice in the dental office during outpatient procedures. Plasma, a byproduct in blood, contains platelets, which aid in the healing process. Concentrating platelets, such as those found in platelet rich plasma, help to speed the recovery process and has several benefits for patients undergoing oral surgery.


Platelets are found in plasma, which is a byproduct in blood, and help aid in healing. They help in the blood clotting process and contain growth factors. Growth factors stimulate the growth of new tissues, helping the body to repair itself. More platelets means more growth stimulation, which leads to faster healing, which is where platelet rich plasma comes into play.

Uses for Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma has multiple uses in the realm of oral surgery. These uses include:

•  Bone grafting: Bone grafting is used in many types of oral surgery. Dental implants may require grafting. Grafting is also used in closing cleft lips and palates as well as sinus lifts.
•  Bone repair: This includes facial reconstruction surgery and fixing defects caused by tooth extractions.
•  Fistula repair: Including the fistula between the mouth and the sinus cavity.

Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma

There are multiple benefits to using platelet rich plasma during oral surgery, including:

•  Accelerated healing: The plasma is placed directly on the wound following the conclusion of your surgical procedure, stimulating the growth necessary for quick and proper healing.
•  Lowered Risk for Infection: Because of faster healing, the wound closes quicker, thus sealing out any bacteria that could otherwise cause a severe infection.
•  Safe: The process utilizes your own blood, so there is no risk of rejection or other blood related issues.
•  Convenient: The process is completed in the office during outpatient procedures.
•  Affordable: Harvesting only requires a small amount of blood that can be taken in the dental office rather than needed to harvest platelets in the hospital, and therefore costs less.
•  Simple: The process is easy for the dental team to produce and use.

How it's Done

When you go into the office for an outpatient procedure, a small amount of blood, now only 55 cc as compared to the one unit that used to be required, is drawn. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which spins to separate the plasma from the blood. Next, the plasma is removed from the blood and placed in another centrifuge, which separates the platelets, concentrating them. Once your surgical procedure is completed, the platelet rich plasma is then applied to the wounds, allowing your body to start the healing process immediately.


Once your procedure is complete, the dentist will give you care instructions specific to your procedure. After you have healed, it is important to maintain an oral hygiene routine that includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash. You should also visit the dental office at least twice a year for thorough cleanings and exams. This routine will help you keep your mouth healthy and prevent the need for future surgical procedures.

If you are in need of a surgical procedure, be it dental implants or reconstructive surgery, Keith Cooper, DDS can provide you with expert care and platelet rich plasma, speeding your recovery time and allowing you to enjoy your new smile that much faster. Call today at (669) 244-1550 to schedule your appointment.

5150 Graves Ave., Suite 12E
San Jose, CA 95129
(669) 244-1550

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