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Article: Volume 46 Number 7 Page 676 - July/August 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 676-683

Oral surgery:  Autologous Blood Products and their Role within Dentistry

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Abstract: Use of autologous blood products, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is increasing within the field of dentistry. Such products aim to promote bone regeneration which is valuable in a range of procedures, including implant placement, post tooth extraction, and periodontal surgery. Dental practitioners should be aware of what these new materials are, and the beneficial role that they may play in modern dentistry.

Clinical relevance: This article aims to inform the reader regarding the range of available autologous blood products, their uses in dentistry, how they are derived from whole blood, as well as cost and time implications.

Author notes: Arif Razzak, BDS, MFDS, PgDip MedEd, DCT2 (email:, Sarah Jenkins, BDS, MFDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Specialty Doctor and Keith Smart, BDS, FFD RCSIre, Oral Surgery Consultant, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 9DT, UK.

Objective: To explain the range of autologous blood products available, how they are derived from whole blood, as well as cost and time implications.