Norwood MA Office
1 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA 02062
Dr. Jon Turesky provides a variety of oral & maxillofacial surgery procedures in Norwood, MA and Mansfield, MA. Learn more about a surgical procedure by selecting a link from the menu below:
• Wisdom Teeth Surgery
• Dental Extractions
• Dental Implants Dentistry
• Bone Grafting
• Exposure of Impacted Teeth
• Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
• Facial Trauma
• Corrective Jaw Surgery
• Oral Pathology
• TMJ Disorders
• Platelet Rich Plasma
• Pediatric Oral Surgery
• Intravenous General Anesthesia
• Intravenous Conscious Sedation
• Nitrous Oxide Gas Anesthesia
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is exactly what its name suggests. The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood (thousands) and the large amount of blood needed (one unit) to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. New technology permits Dr. Turesky to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only 20-40 cc of blood drawn from patients in his office.
PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors (GF) into the wound.
These GF (platelet derived growth factors PGDF, transforming growth factor beta TGF, and insulin-like growth factor ILGF) function to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue.
The more growth factors released and sequestered into the wound, the more stem cells stimulated to produce new host tissue. Thus, one can easily see that PRP permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.
A subfamily of TGF is bone morphogenic protein (BMP). BMP has been shown to induce the formation of new bone in research studies in animals and humans. This is of great significance to the surgeon who places dental implants. By adding PRP, and thus BMP, to the implant site with bone substitute particles, the implant surgeon can now grow bone more predictably and faster than ever before.
Yes. During the outpatient surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than fifteen minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.
Not always. In some cases, there is no need for PRP. However, in many cases, application of PRP to the graft will increase the final amount of bone present in addition to making the wound heal faster and more efficiently.
Unfortunately not. The cost of the PRP application is paid by the patient.
No. PRP must be mixed with either the patient’s own bone, cadaver bone, or a synthetic bone product.
Very few. Obviously, patients with bleeding disorders or hematological diseases do not qualify for this in-office procedure. Dr. Turesky will help you to determine if PRP is right for you.