The PRF method (short for Platelet-Rich Fibrin) was developed in France in 2001 by Dr. Joseph Choukroun. This method is employed primarily in oral and aesthetic surgery and uses products obtained from the patient’s own blood. In recent years the PRF method has been increasingly used in complex dental procedures to accelerate the healing of bone and soft tissue and is an excellent way to prepare for pre-implant and pre-prosthetic surgery. The PRF protocol attempts to accumulate platelets and released cytokines in a fibrin clot. The process starts by taking the patient’s own blood, then centrifuging and separating it in a blood centrifuge machine. Interestingly, the process is fairly quick (about 12 minutes) and simple. Blood separation gives us plasma and fibrin, which are later used as healing biomaterial. For instance, a PRF membrane can be placed over the wound after tooth extraction to accelerate the healing process and help tissue accept the implant. It also makes the implant placement procedure faster, safer and less painful.
The method is risk-free because only the patient’s blood is used, and the results are excellent; we therefore recommend it to all our patients in procedure planning.