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  • 08/18/14--23:11: Is that the Easter bunny?
  •   No, its not.  Those are diverging roots on a fully developed third molar in an adult patient that came to our office in pain for the extraction of his third molars in his 30’S.  Three roots with that level of divergence is a bit unusual and unexpected, especially since it was not clearly visible even [...]

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  • 02/13/15--08:51: Stem cells in oral surgery?
  • In a recent article published in Translational medicine (Nov 2014), there is mention of stem cells being used to regenerate new bone in patient’s jaw bone to place dental implants.  We have been using stem cells in my practice for the past 2 years to improve the quantity and quality of bone for implant placement.  This [...]

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  • 06/17/15--08:00: What’s In a Bone Graft
  • The practice of bone grafting is nothing new. In fact, it goes back hundred of years to a time when a Dutch doctor implanted a dog’s bone into an injured soldier’s skull. The soldier later wanted it removed but it could not be removed, as it had bonded so closely to the bone. This brings up [...]

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      When patient present with a “terminal dentition”, meaning there is no hope of saving the teeth…we turn our attention to the “All-on-4” or 5 or 6 concept.  With the use of guided technology we are able to place multiple implant in the patient to give her a smile she has never had before.  She [...]

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  • 09/02/15--17:46: Dry socket anyone?
  •   Dry socket! The most dreaded thing that most patients ask me during the consultation.  Everyone seemingly knows about dry socket.  What is dry socket?  Well, its really the inflammation of the bone in the extraction site, the bone that used to support the extracted tooth.  Typically when a tooth is extracted, a blood clot [...]

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  • 03/23/16--08:53: The Miracle of Bone Grafting
  • Bone grafting is something of a miracle. Although you only get one set of bones, it’s actually possible to convince your body to repair itself with new bone material where you need it most. We aren’t talking about growing a whole femur. We’re talking about growing just enough bone material to strengthen weak spots in your jaw.

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    Bones, grafting, or any combination of the two are rarely the subject of casual conversation. Most of us, regardless of our profession, are happier discussing recent football scores, the price of gasoline, or the abnormally high number of Dunkin Doughnut franchise locations. Perhaps for it is for this very reason, however, that we should bring up this important topic–to raise awareness, maximize modern technology, and inform the public about the options offered in terms of dental implant surgery.

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    We are all unique, and so is your mouth! Sometimes, your jaw needs to be beefed up a little, and we’re not talking a hefty workout at the gym. You may have lost teeth due to gum disease which has resulted in bone loss, or you could just have been “born that way” and need [...]

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  • 09/21/16--06:45: Types of Jaw Surgery
  • Your jaw consists of two parts; the maxilla or upper jaw and the mandible or lower jaw . Sometimes these are misaligned and need to be put back into place for bite reasons, or for aesthetic purposes. Corrective jaw surgery straightens or aligns the jaw, and is often referred to as “orthognathic” surgery; “orthos” meaning [...]

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    There is exciting news in bone grafting technology that will hopefully find its way into the oral surgeon’s office over the next decade! Researchers have been able to create a synthetic bone material using 3D printers that may be better than what is being used now.

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  • 05/03/17--08:10: Autograft vs Allograft
  • So, you were recently told by your doctor that you need a bone graft, but you aren’t quite sure what that means. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is used to fix bones or joints that were damaged by trauma, and it is also used to replace bone that is missing to provide [...]

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    Bone grafting and dental implants typically go hand-in-hand, as the loss of a tooth can wear down the surrounding jawbone structure and a dental implant is a common procedure toreplace lost teeth. As soon as a person loses a tooth, bone loss begins. In order to place a sturdy, reliable dental implant, bone grafting procedure…

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