Yearly Archives: 2011

Dental Implants and Proper Training

Important article in USA Today, “Lack of training can be deadly in cosmetic surgery”, on severe complications in patients receiving cosmetic surgery by untrained doctors. It is an excellent article that brings some well needed awareness to this highly unregulated area in medicine. Practically any doctor can advertise and perform such procedures and they are not required to show any evidence of training or proficiency. This includes internists, general surgeons, OB-GYN’s, dermatologists, ENT, podiatrists, and oral surgeons. While some doctors complete rigorous and formal training programs in cosmetic surgery, many perform such procedures after taking weekend courses or through self education. Meanwhile patients do not know the difference and rarely ask key qualifying questions in choosing the right doctor. In-fact, many fall victim to alluring marketing and discount programs which is how untrained doctors compete with board-certified cosmetic surgeons. As the article says, many patients have compromised results and end up with range of complications from disfigurement to even death.

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What is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon?

About Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only recognized dental specialists who, after completing dental school, are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and also spend time in otolaryngology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. Their training focuses almost exclusively on the hard (ie, bone) and soft (ie, skin, muscle) tissue of the face, mouth, and jaws. Their knowledge and surgical expertise uniquely qualify them to diagnose and treat the functional and esthetic conditions in this anatomical area. The scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice includes, among others:

  • Outpatient Anesthesia
  • Dentoalveolar Surgery to manage diseases of the teeth and their supporting soft and hard tissues
  • Surgical Correction of Maxillofacial Skeletal Deformities
  • Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
  • Facial Trauma Surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Surgery
  • Pathologic Conditions, such as head and neck cancer
  • Facial Reconstructive Surgery
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Wisdom Teeth Experts/Specialists
  • Dental Implant Experts/Specialists
  • Teeth in a Day Dental Implant 

Conventional Wisdom about Wisdom Teeth

Evidence shows keeping wisdom teeth may be more harmful than previously thought.

WASHINGTON, DC – Having wisdom teeth removed during young adulthood not only improves dental and oral health, but may also reduce the chance of illness later in life, according to research from American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), surgeons, and academics.

The evidence-based data confirmed what dentists and health professionals have been telling patients for years: having your wisdom teeth removed while you are young helps you stay healthy. Even when wisdom teeth are not diseased or symptomatic when they come into the oral cavity, their position and location in the mouth makes them difficult to keep clean and supports the accumulation and spread of harmful bacteria which can lead to more serious conditions later in life. Importantly, the local and systemic health implications of asymptomatic wisdom teeth are far broader than previously thought.

Additional key findings include:

  • An absence of symptoms does not equal the absence of disease.
  • Eighty percent of young adult subjects who retained previously healthy wisdom teeth had developed problems within seven years.
  • Extracting wisdom teeth in young adults produces less pain and shorter healing times than in older patients.
  • Monitoring retained wisdom teeth may be more expensive than extraction over a lifetime. Most patients (60 percent) with asymptomatic wisdom teeth prefer extraction to retention.
  • Retaining wisdom teeth can increase the risk for broader conditions including preterm birth and cardiovascular disease.

“Even if wisdom teeth aren’t causing any immediate problems, it’s likely that people will face complications down the road,” said Dr. Louis K. Rafetto, chair of the AAOMS Task Force on Third Molar Data. “The fact is, extraction is much easier in young adults and research consistently shows that it is a simple way of improving both dental and overall health.”
Despite extensive research published over the past ten years about periodontal disease and other complications resulting from retained wisdom teeth, some healthcare providers still do not recommend this service to their patients.

“It is critical that both patients and healthcare providers fully understand how harmful retaining these wisdom teeth can be,” Dr. Rafetto noted. “Inaction can have serious long-term health consequences, including increased systemic inflammation which can lead to cardiovascular disease and preterm birth.”

More information is available at

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
Saving Faces, Changing Lives®– The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the professional organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supports its members’ ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy. AAOMS members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.