A new study in the Journal of Oral Implantology shows platelet-rich plasma aid in speeding up healing and bone formation after removing a tooth. If a tooth is extracted and the extraction site has poor recovery then excessive jaw bone loss may delay the use of dental prosthetics or implants. The study looked at patients who had their wisdom teeth removed. One extraction site was treated with platelet-rich plasma where as the site on the other side of the mouth was served as control. The patients were examined for bleeding, jaw bone density, healing ,pain, inflammation, and facial swelling for 24 weeks after the wisdom teeth removal occurred. The researchers concluded the platelet-rich plasma treatment had a positive effect on bone density immediately following tooth extraction where as the control sites showed a decrease in bone density during the first week after the teeth were extracted. The researches said it took roughly 6 weeks for the control sites to reach the same bone density as the platelet-rich plasma treated extraction site had reached by the first week. Of note is that platelet-rich plasma did not have a substantial effect on pain, bleeding, and inflammation during the healing process.