Bleeding gums, bad breath, and a not-so-healthy-looking smile can destroy the quality of a person’s life and his/her confidence too. Periodontal disease is the major cause of all these symptoms in adults.
What is periodontal disease?
It is the inflammation and the destruction of periodontal tissues that support our teeth. Such inflammation could be localized (inflammation in the gums around 1 tooth) or generalized. The inflammation could also be limited to gum (gingivitis) or could affect deeper periodontal tissues that could require a periodontal surgery for repair.
This is where plasmolifting comes into play. It is the procedure by which platelet-rich plasma is used to stimulate tissue regeneration at the site of damage.
Plasma is collected with the help of gel-filled PRP tubes. You can buy medical-grade gel collector tubes and other plasmolifting equipment at Dr. Renat Akhmerov’s Plasmolifting Technologies in Deutschland. The tubes are made from 3rd hydrolytic glass and are certified as a Class IIa medical device. They also offer PRP courses that provide hands-on training to physicians to enhance their understanding of the process and expand their treatment profile.
Plasmolifting procedure to treat periodontitis
During plasmolifting for treating high-grade periodontal diseases, the following steps would be undertaken:
- You will be asked to stop the consumption of oily, spicy food, and alcohol at least 2 days before the procedure.
- On the day of the procedure, you have to reach on an empty stomach and only sip water.
- In the first step, your blood (about 10ml) will be collected in a PRP gel test tube.
- This test tube will be then placed in the centrifuge to obtain a plasma concentrate.
- You will be then prepped by your dental surgeon and an anesthetic gel will be applied to your oral mucosa at the regions where treatment is required.
- The plasma concentrate is then injected in small amounts in 3 zones of each tooth that needs periodontal restoration.
- The 3 zones are Papilla, transitional fold, and marginal gum.
- The dentist will monitor you for about 30-60 minutes post the procedure after which you can go back home.
You have to rehabilitate at home for about 2-3 days and avoid sun exposure, alcohol consumption, and even use of water at the site of treatment.
Immediate effects of the plasmolifting period on periodontal health
Once the rehabilitation period is over, you will immediately notice an improvement in the health of your gums. Some of the noticeable changes that you could experience are:
- There is less inflammation and thereby you will notice reduced swelling in the region of your gums and lesser mobility in your teeth.
- There is a reduction in bleeding and pain in the affected periodontal tissue, thus restoring the structure and color of the gums almost immediately.
- Bone tissue destruction ceases completely and instead the process of bone formation gets stimulated.
- The quality and smell of your breath will also improve eliminating the incidences of bad breath.
Plasmolifting also improves the survival rates of implants in a patient with severe periodontal disease and also stimulates faster healing after tooth extraction procedures.
This procedure is quite safe for most individuals. It is however contraindicated in people with clotting factor defects, diabetes, HIV, Hepatitis, heparin allergy, and neoplasms (both benign and malignant).