Archive for the ‘ Oral Surgery ’ Category

GENIOPLASTY-CHIN REDUCTION AND ADVANCEMENT

Over the years, I have used a number of different procedures for genioplasty procedures. I have watched my colleagues use various implant materials, but (I feel) luckily I have shied away from them. I have also avoided the use of metal bone screws and plates for these procedures as these have shown to cause long […]

SURGICALLY ASSISTED PALATAL EXPANSION

Surgically assisted palatal expansion, also called rapid palatal expansion, is a common orthognathic procedure that can be done on individuals of any age. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 72:2278-2288, 2014). In the younger patient it involves just a loosening of the structures. In the teen and older patient I typically do a complete osteotomy as it […]

CAN ORTHODONTICS BE USED TO REDUCE THE RISKS OF WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL?

There was an article in our journal in August 2019, from a Chinese source studying the use of orthodontic traction to help erupt wisdom teeth that have a high risk of nerve injury. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:1575.e1-1575.e6, 2019) There are certain cases where I feel this could be used and I would be happy […]

GARDNER SYNDROME, OSTEOMAS (EXOSTOSES) and COLORECTAL CANCER

In our practice we have never seen a case of Gardner Syndrome – at least any that we have been aware of (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:1617-1627, 2019)  Gardner Syndrome is characterized by uncountable adenomas throughout the colon and rectum, with a high risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC). If left untreated it has almost […]

IS IT SAFE TO REMOVE TEETH IN TRANSPLANT PATIENTS WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS?

This question is posed in an article in JOMS August 2019. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:1557-1565, 2019) As long as patients understand the concerns and risks associated with treatment with or without antibiotic coverage I am happy to provide care either way. We have a great deal of experience in providing care under both scenarios. […]

THE SAFETY OF OUTPATIENT ANESTHESIA IN ORAL MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEONS OFFICES

Outpatient anesthesia delivered by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMFS’S) in the office continues to be an extremely safe procedure.  (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:1602-1610, 2019)  We see regular and consistent attacks on the practice of surgery and anesthesia provided in the office setting by OMFS’S from many fronts. The plain truth is that this is […]

Wisdom Teeth: Questions Answered

If you or your child are getting your wisdom teeth removed, you must have questions! We are here to make you feel as comfortable as possible. As always, if you have other questions feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to help you understand more on your upcoming procedure. Read on for […]

When Should You Consider Dental Implants?

Dental implants typically consist of three components: the post, the abutment, and the restoration. The post is a screw which is inserted into the bone. The abutment is attached to the post and the restoration is placed on top, giving the finished product a beautiful, realistic look. Dental implants are an effective way to replace […]

ROOT RESORPTION (ROOT ABSORPTION) FROM THIRD MOLAR TEETH (WISDOM TEETH)

It is fairly common to see abnormalities on the second molar teeth caused by the presence of the third molar impactions (wisdom teeth). (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 77:11-17, 2019). These are developmental and are caused by the developing tooth structures of the second molar sharing the same space during development causing them to form in […]

ROOT CANAL INFECTIONS SPREADING TO THE SINUSES

It is common for dental infections to spread to other areas outside of the jaw bone such as the upper jaw, sinuses, or the facial structures. When there is a more serious infection the danger is that the spread can extend to the brain or chest where it can kill you. I am often amazed […]