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Maida Smiles (W. London)

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Platelet Rich Fibrin Treatment

PRF or Platelet Rich Fibrin is an easy, one-step method that allows our oral surgeons to obtain platelet concentrates or blood derivatives used to regenerate soft tissues.

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Platelet Rich Fibrin And Its Use In Dental Treatments

Advances in dental treatment techniques and innovative equipment is changing the perception of dental treatments in general, leading to better outcomes and an overall better experience while at the dentist. One such advancement is the use of PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin).

PRF is a living biomaterial derived from a patient’s blood that helps promote healing and the regeneration of bone and soft tissue, both of which are critical to the success of any oral surgery procedure.

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How Is PRF Made?

The PRF is obtained by collecting a blood sample from the patient’s arm immediately before the dental treatment intervention and placing it into a centrifuge that separates the collected blood into three layers:

  1. 1) Clear liquid, also called plasma layer
  2. 2) Red layer rich in red blood cells
  3. 3) Yellow thick layer: the PRF portion

The thick PRF layer is rich in growth factors, platelets, fibrin and circulating stem cells. In addition, the fibrin network is composed of leukocytes and cytokines. All of these play a significant role in inflammation regulation and fighting infection.

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When Is PRF Used?

PRF can benefit a wide variety of dental and oral surgery procedures, from wisdom tooth removal, tooth extractions, implant treatments, socket preservation and sinus lift procedures.

  • Tooth Extraction – Patients’ jawbones have very little blood supply compared to other tissues in the human body, which means this area has less ability to heal and less defence against infection. Placing RFP in the extraction site protects it from infection and delivers proteins that accelerate healing.
  • Sinus Lift – This procedure is used when a patient needs an implant in the upper jaw but has a thin sinus wall unable to support implants on its own. A sinus lift is carried out to allow bone growth in the maxillary sinus floor to secure dental implant placement. In this instance, PRF can produce faster, stronger bone and soft tissue healing.
  • Socket Preservation – The primary purpose of socket preservation is to preserve the health of the alveolar bone (i.e. the socket that holds the tooth in place). This bone is often damaged by disease and/or infection, which determines tooth removal. Once the failing tooth is removed, it can create a jaw deformity if preventative measures aren’t taken. In a socket preservation procedure, PRF membranes, which contain bone growth-enhancing elements, can be stitched over the wound or a graft material/scaffold placed in an extracted tooth’s socket before it is closed.
  • Dental Implants – Insufficient jawbone is one of the leading causes of dental implant failure. In sites where implants are placed, PRF occupies the space between the extraction site and the dental implant, helping to expedite healing and create jawbone structure.

Benefits Of Using Platelet Rich Fibrin

Surgeons and patients benefit from the increased use of PRF in dental surgical procedures. From decreasing pain to providing a cost-effective option, PRF offers several advantages.

  • It’s 100% natural and easy to produce. Because PRF is derived from the patient’s own blood, it is 100% natural and readily available. PRF does not require anticoagulants, bovine thrombin, or any other jellying factor. This also means patients have virtually no risk of experiencing a rejection reaction (i.e., a foreign body response), which can potentially happen when synthetic alternatives are used.
  • Significant decrease in patient discomfort. PRF has been shown to reduce the risk of complications and restrictions a patient may experience due to donor site morbidity. The result is decreased patient discomfort, post-surgical pain, and post-op bleeding.
  • Faster healing. PRF has resulted in faster healing due to its slow polymerization (i.e., the rate at which molecules combine). This process generates a fibrin network, leading to more efficient cell migration and faster healing.
  • High cost-benefit ratio. By reducing the risk of donor site morbidity, PRF can potentially spare the patient from undergoing a second surgery. Since PRF is readily available, it is an option for patients to consider.
Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.