Tag: Oral Surgery

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”

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”

Extraction of the Mandibular Second Molar

What is a mandibular molar? The human dentition is divided into groups – the incisors (your front teeth), the canines, the premolars, and the molars. There are (in most cases) three molars in each quadrant of the human mouth. The third molars are the… Continue Reading “Extraction of the Mandibular Second Molar”

The Posterior Superior Alveolar Nerve and How to Properly Anesthetize it

What does the posterior superior alveolar nerve innervate? The posterior superior alveolar nerve (PSA) is a division of the trigeminal nerve (cranial nerve V). The trigeminal nerve is separated into three major branches – V1, V2, and V3. The V2 branch is known as… Continue Reading “The Posterior Superior Alveolar Nerve and How to Properly Anesthetize it”