The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) following tooth removal appears to speed healing and bone formation,according to an article in the Journal of Oral Implantology. When a tooth is removed, poor healing can lead to excessive bone loss in the jaw that can delay tooth replacement, require costly reconstructive surgery, or even be impossible to fix, according to the authors. “Patients and clinicians could benefit if a cost-effective, simple technique were available that decreased bone-healing time and increased the predictability of favorable results,” they write. For the study, radiography
techniques were used with patients to detect bone changes after surgery to remove molars – specifically, the bilateral mandibular third molar. For each patient, oneextraction site was treated with PRP and the site on the other side of the mouth was not, serving as the control. Three patients received PRP on the right side and three on the left.