Accelerate Healing and Preserve Your Bone with Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)

One of the greatest innovations in surgical dentistry is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Whether used alone or as an additive with other biomaterials, PRP accelerates healing and reduces inflammation for procedures like grafting and dental implantology. Dr. Aja Nichols at Lifestyle Dentistry has helped many patients in Smyrna, Georgia experience faster and uneventful recovery using PRP dentistry. 

What is platelet-rich plasma?

PRP is a by-product of blood, very rich in platelets. On the day of the procedure, our dental team takes a small sample of your blood and places it in a centrifuge machine. This special machine separates the blood into platelets and red and white cells. 

During your dental procedure, PRP adds fortified blood into your system to promote healing and reduce post-surgery effects. After extraction surgery, Dr. Nichols thoroughly cleans the socket and places a bone graft mixed with your platelet-rich plasma. 

This treatment protects the vulnerable bone from infection when we place PRP into the surgical site — whether after bone grafting or implant surgery. Also, PRP enriches the area with proteins, which encourage new bone growth. 

Can all patients receive PRP treatment? Although PRP dentistry can benefit most patients, those with clotting disorders are not suitable candidates for this treatment. Before proceeding with the treatment, we always assess your eligibility to ensure your suitability.

The use of PRP in dentistry

PRP is integral in preservation, formation, and new bone deposition in dental implant sites. Many dental practitioners use PRP in dental implant surgery to improve the treatment success rate. Other uses of PRP in dentistry include: 

  • Socket preservation after tooth extraction
  • Bone grafting
  • Treating periodontal bone defects
  • Minor oral surgery

You already know PRP accelerates healing and minimizes the infection rate. Those aren’t the only benefits of PRP. What’s more? There is no risk of rejection since the platelets are drawn from your body. Biocompatibility reduces post-op complications. Additionally, PRP is known to reduce pain and swelling after surgery and strengthens bone integration for dental implant patients. 

Accelerate your implant surgery plus more with platelet-rich plasma 

PRP has shown tremendous benefits in implant placement, bone grafting, dental extraction, and more. Want to see how PRP can benefit your dental health? Don’t wait any longer. Instead, please call (678) 884-4494 to book an appointment with Lifestyle Dentistry. Dr. Aja Nichols will explain all you need to know about PRP.

We look forward to talking to you. 

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS

Dr. Aja Nichols

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS, attended dental school in Indiana and served in the US Navy for five years before settling in Smyrna, GA. After receiving her Georgia licensure, she worked for ‘corporate dentistry’ and a mobile dental company caring for underserved elementary and middle school children before opening Lifestyle Dentistry in 2016.

Dr. Nichols focuses on the ABCs of dentistry: Airway, Breath, and Cosmetics. With a mission to “do the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons,” she likes to educate her patients so they can make informed decisions. She aims to provide relationship-focused dentistry that helps her patients achieve their dental goals.