Advanced Healing

The Use of Plasma-Rich Growth Factors (PRGF) in Periodontal Surgery

Dr. Cummings is committed to offering the most innovative methods for periodontal surgical procedures. Scientific advances have enabled us to improve upon the body’s own healing process as it generates both hard and soft tissue post-operatively, through plasma-rich growth factors, commonly referred to as PRGF.

During the healing process, the body releases a number of proteins into the blood called growth factors. Growth factors promote healing by signaling the body to reproduce the exact cells needed to heal and repair the treated area. In addition, growth factors regulte the complex interactions between cells, ensuring that each step in the healing proces sis completed in the correct order.

After any routine periodontal surgery procedure, patients typically “feel” healed within 24-72 hours. However, the body generally requires weeks or even months to be considered fully repaired. During the healing process, the body is restoring blood vessels, soft tissue, and bone to the surgical site. If the periodontist is rebuilding large areas of missing soft tissue or bone, plasma-rich growth factors greatly enhance the body’s own ability to generate and replace the missing tissue in less time.

A simple method of collecting the patient’s own growth factors can be conveniently done in our office. The doctor can collect an optimal amount of growth in less than 15 minutes on the day of the procedure by simply drawing the patient’s blood.

We highly recommend plasma-rich growth factors to aid in healing for the following procedures:

  • Gingival Grafting
  • Multiple Implants
  • Sinus Bone Augmentation
  • Ridge Augmentation/Bone Grafting

Clinical Advantages of plasma-rich growth factors:

  • Enhance Healing and Growth of Tissue
  • Achieve Optimal Healing in Less Time
  • Predictable Healing Results