Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for TMJ Disorders
Occasionally, more severe TMJ cases will not respond to traditional treatment plans. At this point, Dr. Singer may suggest injecting platelet rich plasma from the patient’s own blood supply into the surrounding tissue to speed healing.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Everyone’s blood supply is made up of different types of cells, including red, white and platelets. Protein-rich platelets are responsible for the blood clotting process in the body that occurs after an injury. Platelets also contain growth factors (GFs), which are released into a wound to stimulate the regeneration of tissue and speed healing.
PRP has a number of valuable applications, including the treatment of joints, muscle tendons and ligaments that have endured long-term over-use or strains. Similarly, PRP can be used to regrow connective tissue and muscle tendons for TMJ disorders that have not responded well to alternative therapies. The process is safe, minimally invasive and can be incredibly effective for easing symptoms.
1. Blood Drawn
Initially, we draw a small amount of blood from the patient.
2. Centrifuge to Separate
The drawn blood is placed in a centrifuge to be spun to quickly, it is separated into its elements to create a concentrated supply of the PRP.
3. PRP Injected
The PRP is then injected into the surrounding tissue, using an ultrasound guidance system to ensure accuracy to the affected area. The entire process only takes 15 minutes.
PRP helps speed the healing process to help growth of supportive tissue and muscle structures. As we are using the blood supply directly from a patient’s own body, there are no concerns with rejection or disease. Although multiple injections might be necessary, long-term results are promising.
The benefits of using platelets to help healing are well-known, but limited access to the necessary equipment to produce PRP restricted use of it outside a hospital until recently.
Dr. Singer is proud to offer this innovative and effective therapy in his office for successful TMD treatment. Call our office today to learn more.