Platelet-rich fibrin as an adjunct to palatal wound healing after harvesting a free gingival graft: A case series

Mihir Raghavendra Kulkarni, Betsy Sara Thomas, Jothi M. Varghese, Giliyar Subrayax Bhat

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Abstract

Background: Owing to its stimulatory effect on angiogenesis and epithelialization, platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is an excellent material for enhancing wound healing. The use of PRF dressings may be a simple and effective method of reducing the morbidity associated with donor sites of autogenous free gingival grafts (FGGs). The purpose of this case series is to document the beneficial role of PRF in the healing of FGG donor sites. Materials and Methods: A total of 18 patients treated with FGGs could be classified into two groups. PRF was prepared, compressed and used to dress the palatal wound followed by a periodontal pack in one group (10 patients) and only a periodontal pack was used in the other group (8 patients). Post-operative healing was assessed clinically at 7, 14 and 21 days and the morbidity was assessed qualitatively by an interview. Results: Sites where PRF was used showed complete wound closure by 14 days and these patients reported lesser post-operative morbidity than patients in whom PRF was not used. Conclusions: PRF as a dressing is an effective method of enhancing the healing of the palatal donor site and consequently reducing the post-operative morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-402
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014

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Wound Healing
Blood Platelets
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Tissue Donors
Bandages
Wounds and Injuries
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Kulkarni, Mihir Raghavendra ; Thomas, Betsy Sara ; Varghese, Jothi M. ; Bhat, Giliyar Subrayax. / Platelet-rich fibrin as an adjunct to palatal wound healing after harvesting a free gingival graft : A case series. In: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology. 2014 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 399-402.
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In: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Vol. 18, No. 3, 01.01.2014, p. 399-402.

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