Posts Tagged ‘ oral health ’


Studies have shown that telemedicine consultations (consultations with a doctor or nurse over an electronic video link such as the internet) are as effective as traditional face-to-face consultations. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 74:262-268, 2016). We have not yet gone to this method at our office, but it seems that it would make us more efficient […]


As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, I am often asked by referring doctors what the protocol is for dealing with patients who are taking bisphosphonates and related medications. These drugs are associated with what has been termed medically-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ), previously referred to as bisphosphonate osteonecrosis (BRONJ).

Orthognathic Surgery in Patients Over 40

Having gone through a residency training program which was strong in trauma, orthognathic, tempromandibular joint, dentoalveolar, and implant surgery I came into practice well versed and confident with these treatments. Over the years, we have progressed with the technologies. Adult orthodontics has become more and more popular which has brought some of these patients in […]


On our mission trip to Papua, New Guinea we were introduced to betel nut chewing in a big way. We flew into Port Morsby and from there drove cross country to the mission camp where we did our work. On the way, we would see friendly people along the road smiling, revealing blackened teeth and […]

History of Dental Implants

Dental implants are devices that are surgically installed in a patient’s mouth as a replacement for their natural, damaged teeth. These devices are thought by many to be innovative solutions to dental conditions. Although this is true, it is important to understand their early oral applications. Dental implants now play a crucial role in the […]

How Dental Care is Connected to Heart Disease

As one of the leading causes of death, heart disease is a major cause for alarm. Researchers have found that stress, an unhealthy lifestyle and food are the main causes. However, a shocking discovery was that your dental care is directly related to your heart. People who suffer from gum or periodontal disease have a […]

Caring For Dental Implants

After dental implant surgery, it’s important that you continue to clean and maintain them. Dental implants are just like natural teeth in that they must be protected from the rigors of daily life. Plaque, bacteria, and other germs can still become caught within the space between your implant and the bone. Failure to practice proper […]

Do I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

If you are one of those people who have misaligned teeth and jaws that create an improper bite, you are very well someone who could benefit greatly from having corrective jaw surgery. The growth of the human jaw is a gradual process and it is common for both the upper and lower jaws to occasionally […]


When I first came into oral and maxillofacial surgery, we were involved in a great amount of experimentation with many materials for bone grafting. Bone transfer grafts involved the use of ribs, hip bone, tibia and particulate bone grafts. We grafted blocks of ceramic (hydroxylapatite-solid and porous). We tried to get the body to induce […]

Cysts and Tumors of the Jawbones

Treatment of cysts and tumors of the jaws and facial skeleton (also called Odontogenic Cysts and Tumors) are a common part of my practice (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 70:2118-2123, 2013). When and Where we see Cysts and Tumors We see odontogenic cysts and tumors most commonly associated with impacted teeth such as third molars/wisdom teeth. […]