New procedures and resources to improve oral healing focused on platelet therapy are being pioneered in Costa Rica. A technology called leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) allows for the preparation of robust fibrin membranes enriched with cells (activated platelets, leukocytes, circulating cells) and platelet growth factors to help dental patients heal faster.
L-PRF, Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin is a combination of Platelet Rich Fibrin derived from the patient’s blood. A simplified chairside procedure results in the production of a thin, compressed layer of platelet rich fibrin that is solid, malleable and appropriate for suturing. This natural fibrin tissue is rich in platelets, growth factors and cytokines that are derived from the blood platelets and leukocytes. Leucocytes are part of the immune system and are responsible for helping heal our bodies.
The presence of these proteins has been reported to produce quick healing, especially during the first days after implant placement. L-PRF also promotes more efficient cell migration and production without chemical or bovine additives.
This effective natural biomaterial is free of additives (no anticoagulant is used during the blood harvest, no chemicals are used for activation), easy, low-priced, and quick to formulate (15 minutes for all steps). This method is specifically developed to the practical needs in day-to-day implant dentistry.
Dr. Ernesto Barquero with Sonria Dental Boutique is one of the leading dental implant surgeons pioneering the use of platelet rich fibrin in Costa Rica.