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ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD AND PRIVATE PRACTICE

Computerization has been present since the start of my practice life, about 30 years ago. We have always transcribed our notes and so we have always utilized computer based systems to organize our data including patient registration. The use of this information to file insurance came on the scene a number of years ago and […]

THE VAZIRANI-AKINOSI NERVE BLOCK

This technique has been around since the 70s and is a technique that I use often. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:489-492, 2019). I must confess that I go back and forth with the techniques and often use the Gow-Gates technique as well. When I went through my training in the 80s we were taught multiple […]

MEDICATION RELATED OSTEONECROSIS OF THE JAWS

Medication related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) is a disorder with bone maturation that occurs as a result of taking certain medications (historically bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax; more recently with antiangiogenic drugs such as Denosumab; and mainly from injectable forms of these drugs used in chemotherapy such as Zometa) where dental related disease processes […]

Raise Oral Cancer Awareness

https://www.aaoms.org/media/raise-oral-cancer-awareness

April is National Facial Protection Month

https://www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month/

Oral Surgeons Address the Opioid Crisis

Recently opioid abuse and addiction have been a hot story in the news. Dentists were made an early scape goat for prescribing problems with opioids. The truth is that Dentists were identified in questionnaires as being one of the earliest prescriptions for opioids that addicts were exposed to. This may be true. But Dentists write […]

DR. NED MURPHY SWORN IN AS WDA PRESIDENT

I could not be more proud to see my friend and colleague Ned Murphy D.D.S. sworn in as Wisconsin Dental Association president. (WDAJ Vol 93(1):8-9, Jan-Feb 2017). Ned has worked tirelessly in the local, state, and national dental associations to seek excellence in dentistry as practitioners in Wisconsin provide for our patients as well as […]

SAFETY SUCCESS OF MODERATE SEDATION VERSUS DEEP SEDATION/GENERAL ANESTHESIA

We have been practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery for over 25 years. I was specially trained in anesthesia with an additional anesthesia residency beyond the typical OMS. Even with basic training I feel that OMS’s to be the most comprehensively trained subspecialty in anesthesia, but all of the training that exists does not reduce the […]

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING IN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

I do not have a 3D printer in my office yet. Many of my dental colleagues are using CAD-CAM milling of crowns which is the opposite, but similar technology. We have used off-site manufacturers of 3D molds for various applications. Our guided surgery templates up to this point are largely made of acrylic, but not […]

BONE GRAFTING HELPS PREVENT BONE LOSS AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION

A “critical summary” in the March 2016 Journal of the American Dental Association addressed the positive effects of grafting at the time of dental extraction. (JADA 2016:147:204-206). I have been doing this type of grafting for about 30 years and as the technology and materials have improved, the results continue to be even better. The […]