Archive for July, 2020

TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ORAL and MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEONS

This blog entry is based on an article with the title “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 78: 12-17, 2020). The implication is that those who have gone before us are “giants” and are due a certain amount of awe. I guess there is a great deal of truth in that […]

ESSENTIAL OILS IN ORAL SURGERY

Talk about misinfodemics! (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:2466.e1-2466.e7, 2019). Ok, now please do not berate me and bombard me with all kinds of opine-blasts. I understand how sensitive many of you are about your essential oils and the proclaimed medical benefits of these. I do recognize that there are certainly many essential oils, especially aromatics, […]

DENTIN HYPERSENSITIVITY: ETIOLOGY, DIAGNOSIS, and MANAGEMENT

Dentin hypersensitivity may present as anything from a mild discomfort, ache, or “electrical” sensation, to being overtly painful. It is typically transient and can be initiated by the same types of things as toothache type pain such as temperature variation or irritating foods. Any exposure of the dentin such as wear, abrasion, bone loss, periodontal […]

No More Wisdom Teeth Means More Ice Cream!   

You’re fresh out of high school and wondering what’s next. Maybe it’s college, maybe it’s a summer internship, or maybe you still haven’t decided. Perhaps, what you do know is that there is a sharp pain in the back of your mouth. So, while you’re thinking about your future impact on the world, your wisdom teeth might just be impacted […]