In 2103, Japanese colleagues published astounding research results regarding their patients. What was so remarkable was that they were able to eliminate the need for foreign substances in bone grafting associated with sinus lift surgeries. For jaw bone augmentation, fibrin (PRF – platelet rich fibrin) sourced from the patient’s blood was used. This blood product, using the patient’s autologous blood, is procured just prior to the procedure and is exactly like the blood draw that we are all familiar with from visiting the family physician. The PRF is extracted by centrifuging the blood in a specialty device.
It is immediately inserted into the maxillary sinus along with the implants. Following a short healing period of 3 months, the PRF is completely replaced with the patient’s own bone. This method achieves the patient’s autologous, natural bone growth.