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.

Plasma Rich in Growth Factor (or PRGF) is a type of plasma rich protein (PRP) that is derived by fractioning blood into its components. PRGF is used primarily in bone and soft tissue regeneration. It is a technique that uses a small amount of the patients own blood to isolate crucial proteins that stimulate healing, foster new bone growth, and repair soft tissue in surgical sites. And, because PRGF is derived from the patient's own blood and tissue, the process is very safe with little risk of disease transmission or rejection from the donor.

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. Growth factors exert their effects through the recruitment and stimulation of cells within the surrounding matrix. In addition, growth factors regulate the complex interactions between cells and it insures each step in the healing process is 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.

We highly recommend regenerative biologic materials that aid in healing for the following procedures:

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

Clinical Advantages of regenerative biologic materials:

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