Archive for September, 2020

A FOUNDATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR ANDRAGOGY IN ORAL and MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY/THE USE OF SOCRATIC TEACHING

Ok, if you are reading this blog entry you are certainly a one percenter. Maybe you are even a part of the problem or part of the solution. At any rate andragogies also called “medical pimping” has been a part of medical and surgical training forever (at least my forever). (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:1101-1102, […]

CORONECTOMY and THE NEED FOR REOPERATION

If you have read my blogs on the subject you know that I am almost completely opposed to the procedure of coronectomy as a treatment for impacted third molar teeth. I base this on a number of factors including – we rarely have problems with complete removal in the first place; the procedure leaves “the […]

SCREENING AMBULATORY ANESTHESIA PATIENTS FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

We do not use the STOP-BANG questionnaire per-se to screen patients who are planned for intravenous anesthesia. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:1135-1142, 2019) STOP – BANG is an acronym for questions you would ask someone you suspect might have sleep apnea.  Snoring – Tired – Observed – Pressure – BMI – Age – Neck – […]

REMOVAL OF IMPACTED SUPERNUMERARY TEETH USING A DYNAMIC SURGICAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM

There are systems available for computer guided techniques to approach difficult-to-visualize structures such as dental implant sites, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and impacted teeth such as supernumerary teeth. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:1130-1134, 2019)  I have had the opportunity to train in and try these techniques and use this equipment. In most cases, as it […]

THE USE OF INJECTABLES TO MAKE YOUR GUMS LOOK AND FUNCTION BETTER

I read with interest this article on the use of injectable Hyaluronic Acid to help with areas where the gums might be deficient around the teeth. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:2467-2474, 2019). Oral surgeons have been using injectables for facial rejuvenative treatments ever since these products came out. They work great and result in a […]