Category: Oral Surgery

What to do Before a Patient Starts Cancer Treatments

This guide can be useful for patients who will be undergoing radiation to the head/neck area, beginning to take myelosuppresive drugs, or going to begin chemotherapy. Step one involves getting the patient in for examination at least a month before treatment begins. Coordination with… Continue Reading “What to do Before a Patient Starts Cancer Treatments”

Treating Medically Complex Patients with Dental Infections

A refresher on some of the conditions, pharmaceutical treatments, and host defenses that can complicate treatment: Part 1- Determine the severity of the infection e.g. How is the patient feeling? How quickly did the infection start? Is there any trismus, dyspnea, dysphagia, malaise? If… Continue Reading “Treating Medically Complex Patients with Dental Infections”

Pineapple After A Tooth Extraction?

If you have ever had a tooth extracted, or are in need of one, you may have heard of what NOT to do after the extraction. Things like: No smoking, spitting, or sucking through straws to prevent dry sockets. Avoiding small, grainy, or crunchy… Continue Reading “Pineapple After A Tooth Extraction?”

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is the seventh most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 87,000 deaths in 2019¹. Unfortunately, diabetes isn’t quite understood by the general population, and many individuals fail to recognize the gravity of the disease on their health.… Continue Reading “Diabetes and Oral Health”

What Are Dry Sockets?

If you’ve ever had a tooth taken out, your dentist has more than likely discussed with you the possibility of dry sockets. Dry sockets are nothing to mess around with, and we are going to talk about just what they are and things we… Continue Reading “What Are Dry Sockets?”

Creating a Flap as Summarized by Contempory Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

During complicated dental procedures where surgical access is limited, it may be necessary to create a flap. When making a flap for tooth removal, the flap should be ‘full-thickness’ mucoperiosteal flaps. This means that the mucosa, submucosa, and periosteum should be included in the… Continue Reading “Creating a Flap as Summarized by Contempory Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery”

Summarizing the Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block According to the Handbook of Local Anesthesia

For quadrant dentistry, anesthetizing the inferior alveolar nerve is essential. This nerve block is achieved by targeting the nerve as it passes towards the mandibular foramen. The area of injection can be established by three parameters: Height of injection Anteroposterior placement of the needle… Continue Reading “Summarizing the Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block According to the Handbook of Local Anesthesia”

The Lingual Nerve

The lingual nerve is a part of the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve (V3). The lingual nerve provides general sensory information to the floor of the mouth, the lingual mucosa, as well as the anterior 2/3rds of the tongue. What makes the lingual… Continue Reading “The Lingual Nerve”

Local Anesthetics and When to Use Them

What is a local anesthetic? Local anesthetics are one of the safest, most reliable ways to achieve anesthesia in dentistry. Local anesthetics contain three parts – an aromatic group, an intermediate chain, and a secondary or tertiary amino terminus. The portion known as the… Continue Reading “Local Anesthetics and When to Use Them”

Extraction of the Maxillary First Premolar

What does the maxillary first premolar look like? The maxillary first premolar has the longest crown of any of the maxillary posterior teeth and has a prominent mesiolingual developmental groove on its mesial side. The maxillary first premolar is single rooted for the first… Continue Reading “Extraction of the Maxillary First Premolar”