Plasma rich in growth factors had limited effect on early bone formation in extraction sockets. Clin. Oral Impl. Res. 00, 2013, 1–3, , , , .
To address the criticisms raised by Anitua et al. (European Journal of Oral Implantology, 6, 2013, 9–11) to the article “Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF) in Human Post-Extraction Sockets: an Histological and Histomorphometric Study.”, recently published by Farina and colleagues (Clinical Oral Implants Research 2012; doi: 10.1111/clr.12033).
All the methodological aspects criticized in the letter by Anitua et al. were thoroughly reconsidered and discussed in a structured short communication. When indicated, pertinent, additional material was included to reinforce our considerations.
As most clinical studies in implant dentistry, including previous studies evaluating the efficacy/effectiveness of PRGF, the study by Farina et al. has some limitations. However, it is currently the only published controlled trial using quantitative parameters related to PRGF-induced early bone formation.
Despite all limitations, the results of the study by Farina et al., which were based on different quantitative parameters (micro-CT scan, immunohistochemical markers of wound healing and bone deposition), indicated a limited effect of PRGF on early bone formation in extraction sockets.