The current literature was reviewed to evaluate the effect of autologous plasma concentrates on the preservation of extraction sockets. A comprehensive literature search was performed from October 2013 to February 2014 in the MEDLINE/PubMed and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) databases. Four studies, published between the years 2010 and 2013, met the eligibility criteria and were included in
the review. There were 102 extractions (55 tests, 47 controls) in 82 patients. There was considerable heterogeneity between studies with regard to the design, follow-up time, surgical techniques, and method of preparation of plasma concentrates, and therefore the data could not be analyzed quantitatively. The use of plasma concentrates seems to accelerate healing and soft tissue epithelialization in extraction sockets and reduce postoperative pain and discomfort. However, there is no evidence to date to confirm that plasma concentrates improve hard tissue regeneration. Copyright © 2014 International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.