In the normal healing process, your immune system sends white blood cells and growth factors to the surgery site. These cells and growth factors are constituents of what we call ‘inflammation.’ Inflammation causes pain and swelling, but is one of the first steps in healing. PRF is a collection of these good cells, which gives you a ‘jump-start’ in the healing process. PRF is especially useful in patients with diabetes and other conditions that impair healing.


PRF is made from your own blood. Blood is drawn from a vein into test tubes. This blood is spun in a centrifuge until all of the unwanted cells are separated from the ‘good’ cells that we want. The layer of PRF contains white blood cells, growth factors, fibrinogen (which helps with clotting), and more.

Studies have shown that adding PRF to surgical sites, including tooth extraction sockets, bone grafts, and soft tissue defects minimizes pain, swelling, and speeds healing and recovery. It also enhances bone and soft tissue growth when and where we need it. At Providence Oral Surgery, PRF is often used during bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, dental implant placement, and occasionally in extraction sockets to reduce bleeding, pain, and swelling.

At Providence Oral Surgery in Waxhaw, our Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Parelli, will discuss if PRF will be a beneficial option for you.

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Dental implants are the best replacement for natural teeth. Traditionally, when a tooth must be removed, a bone graft is placed in the tooth's socket to fill the space. This bone graft requires a few months to heal before an implant can be placed. Once the implant is surgically placed, you'll need another 2-3 months of healing before the implant can be restored with a crown (cap). This traditional protocol takes 4-6 months from the time of tooth removal to your very last visit where the crown is seated. During this period of time, you'll still have an empty space (gap) where the implant was placed, because while it's healing, there is no crown on it. To fill the gap while you're healing, you can either leave the gap empty, or have a temporary, removable tooth placed. Alternatively, you may be a candidate for an IMMEDIATE implant.

An immediate implant can save months from your total treatment time by bypassing the step where a bone graft is placed in the socket after tooth removal. In this scenario, the tooth is removed, and a dental implant is placed directly in the socket, achieving stability by engaging the existing socket walls. Usually, some bone grafting is required around the implant to fill the small gaps. BUT, the benefit is that, after a period of 2-3 months, the implant is ready to be restored with a crown. This saves 2-3 months of total treatment time.

Not everyone is a candidate for an immediate implant. Your oral surgeon will evaluate your X-rays to determine if your tooth's socket has sufficient bone to accommodate an immediate implant.

At Providence Oral Surgery, Dr. Parelli is an expert in immediate implant placement. During your consultation appointment at our Waxhaw office, Dr. Parelli will evaluate your specific needs, review your X-rays with you, and discuss all possible treatment options.

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At Providence Oral Surgery, we LOVE doing lips. Not all lips that get filled look 'huge.' In fact, most people want subtle lip augmentation, or enhancement to their lips' definition. It's minimally-invasive, fast and can change the way your face looks in just about 15 minutes. Other common areas to fill are the nasolabial folds (between your nose, lips, and cheeks), and under the eyes to remove the 'dark bags.'

Fillers can last up to a year, depending on the particular filler used. The vast majority of people love their new look, and often request to add more filler for a bigger look. If you have any questions or wish to have a consult before deciding on having filler enhancements, call our office for more information.

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Providence Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center

102 Waxhaw Professional Park Drive

Suite G

Waxhaw, NC 28173

(704) 289-8819

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