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Understanding the Wisdom Behind Extracting Wisdom Teeth

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A family dentist recommends a teen patient visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) for removal of his wisdom teeth. But what if he’s not experiencing any problems with the teeth right now?

What oral and maxillofacial surgeons want every patient (and parent) to know is that pain-free doesn’t mean problem-free when it comes to wisdom teeth.

Third molar risks

Wisdom teeth, clinically called third molars, are those teeth in the back corners of the mouth that grow in the late teens or early 20s. Even wisdom teeth that are symptom-free pose an increased risk for chronic oral infections, periodontitis and tooth decay, according to results of a seven-year clinical trial conducted by researchers for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Wisdom teeth need to be extracted when they are unable to properly enter the mouth. They may grow sideways, emerge only partially or even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. These “impacted” teeth can cause many health problems, even tumors or cysts around the roots that can destroy the jawbone and nearby healthy teeth. Partially erupted teeth may allow bacteria to grow, potentially leading to gum disease (gingivitis) that causes swelling, stiffness, pain and illness.

“While not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, all of them need to be managed.”

Oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease have been linked to more serious health problems, including coronary artery disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. The “Third Molar Clinical Trials” research added a new perspective to the possible risks for young women. Periodontitis affecting retained wisdom teeth can lead to inflammation throughout the body, increasing the risk of delivering a low birth-weight infant.

Avoiding potential trouble

Third molars often push adjacent teeth out of alignment, thereby altering the bite and threatening jaw integrity. Many orthodontists refer their patients to an OMS for third molar extractions before beginning treatment to minimize the risk of gingivitis and other problems that could affect the success of the orthodontia.

In general, a young adult’s wisdom teeth have incomplete root development, making tooth removal relatively uncomplicated. As wisdom teeth continue to grow, however, the roots lengthen and may become tangled with the sensory nerves that run through the lower jaw or the sinus area.

While not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, all of them need to be managed. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide their patients the best advice based on a thorough examination, appropriate imaging and tests and discussions with the patient and family. If a decision is made to keep the wisdom teeth, patients are advised to keep the areas meticulously clean and get an annual examination to assess any changes in the teeth or gum tissues.

5 Steps to Optimal Wellness

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The best advocate for your health and well-being that you will ever have is you.
Follow these simple steps in order to achieve the best version of yourself.

While traditional medicine has evolved through vast technological advancements of pharmacologic (and other) remedies, modern gurus have taken a more moderate approach to the mysticism of human existence. There is consensus that a connection to the universe exists inside the human body. There in lies a power that once sparked can be a source of wellness. That wellness is just as great a source of healing than the advanced skill of physicians and surgeons. Alternative pathways of medicine rooted in ancient cultures have now become integrated as mainstream tools for prevention and cure.

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Maxillofacial Surgery Center for Excellence of Red Bank Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

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Maxillofacial Surgery Center for Excellence has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this outpatient surgical center for maxillofacial surgery from other outpatient facilities by assuring provision of the highest quality of care to patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

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8 Ways to Shape Up Your Team’s First Aid

bigstock First Aid Pack 5046169 8 Ways to Shape Up Your Team’s First AidMany parents say their child lives to play soccer, run cross-country, or participate in cheerleading or football. No matter the sport, along with the joy of athletic competition comes the risk of sustaining an injury. Now that fall sports programs are in full swing, it’s a good time to ensure your child’s squad has appropriate first-aid supplies available at all practices and games. Here are 8 ways to whip your team’s first aid response kit into shape.

The first aid kit should contain an assortment of up-to-date supplies used to treat the kinds of injuries and illnesses most likely to occur. Dr. Paul Auerbach is a Professor in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and author of Medicine for the Outdoors. He describes on what a comprehensive first-aid kit for the sidelines might contain. He believes different types of first aid may be required for different sports, and the bag should be packed accordingly. For the bruises, sprains and abrasions that occur in contact sports, cold packs, elastic bandages, and adhesive bandages will be needed.  A track coach will need products to sooth and protect blistered feet and pulled hamstring muscles. Each first aid kit should contain ample supplies to treat several players during one practice, game or event. The kit bag itself should be tough, to withstand years of handling and foul weather without compromising the effectiveness of the contents.

The team’s trainer or coach should designate an area where the first aid kit will be kept. The bag should be readily identifiable, so no time is wasted looking for it when mishaps occur. Each member of the coaching staff and each player should know where to find the first aid kit when an injury occurs. It helps if the bag is a different color from other bags on the sidelines. If your team colors are green and white, use a red bag for the first aid kit. It will always stand out. Or use red duct tape to create a large iconic ‘red cross’ medic symbol on the sides of the team’s existing bag.

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Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month

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July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month (NCCAPM) in the United States.  Ameriface and Cleft Advocate established the campaign to promote public awareness and prevention of cleft and craniofacial conditions.

When a parent of a newborn with cleft lip, cleft palate, or another craniofacial condition has questions about what lays ahead, AmeriFace has answers. The organization is dedicated to educating and supporting those affected by facial differences. It also seeks to educate the public about the conditions by creating awareness programs such as NCCAPM. Facial differences include those present at birth as mentioned above, or acquired via illness, disease or trauma. Stroke, cancer, accidents, animal bites and burns are some causes of acquired facial differences.

Reviewers of AmeriFace, a non-profit organization, describe their association with the online support group as life- changing. The process of healing craniofacial deformities is long and complex. Emotions run rampant and questions abound as parents seek information about what the future holds. Ameriface provides a place where they can connect and communicate with others who have traveled a similar path and those that are also beginning the journey.

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How do cleft lips and cleft palates form?

 How do cleft lips and cleft palates form?

Cleft lips and cleft palates are craniofacial anomalies that occur in the early phases of fetal development. In medical terms, an anomaly is something irregular or different from normal. A ‘cleft’ is a separation. We all begin life with a separated palate and lips. Sometime between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy, the two sides of a baby’s upper lip begin to fuse together. When the fusing doesn’t happen in the right way, the upper lip remains split, or cleft. The size of the separation can range from a small hole to a more significant opening extending from the base of the nose to the top jaw and gums.

The roof of a baby’s mouth, called the palate, forms sometime between the sixth and twelfth week of pregnancy. There are two parts of the palate. The hard palate is firm and bony. It follows the curve of the top teeth. The tissue of the soft palate is fleshier and more flexible. It covers the area in the back of the mouth. When one or both of these parts forms incompletely, the baby is born with a cleft palate.

A child can be born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate or both. Cleft lips and/or cleft palates are one of the most common birth defects in the U.S., occurring once in every 700 births. Cleft lip is more common than cleft palate. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 2600 babies are born with cleft palate and about 4500 are born with a cleft lip, with or without a cleft palate. A cleft may affect only one side of the mouth and face (unilateral), or both sides (bilateral).  Statistically, clefts are more common in boys than girls, and affect more children of Asian, Latino and Native American descent. The incidence of clefts in children of African-American descent is lower than that for children of other ethnicities.

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Understanding the Maxillofacial Structure

man making faces Understanding the Maxillofacial StructureTake a minute to think about the myriad functions performed each day by your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and jaw.  The face is a kind of mission control center for the senses. Seeing, hearing, smelling, breathing, eating, and speaking are all managed here. 

The face is also responsible for outward non-verbal expression used to convey emotions.  Happiness, sadness, fear, surprise and anger can easily be detected by looking at someone’s face. When someone is trying hard to conceal negative feelings like fear or sadness, they might be described as ‘putting on a good face’.  On the other hand when someone really wants to shine or impress they are said to be ‘putting their best face forward’.

Now imagine the various ways a facial fracture or other trauma may affect someone. As if all these sensory functions were not complex enough, because our faces are the most basic way humans recognize and relate to one another, there can be strong psychological affects when  outward appearance is altered or compromised due to injury.

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Red Bank Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates is Moving and Expanding!

It is with pleasure that we announce the opening of our NEW facility located at 276 Broad Street in Red Bank.

Red Bank Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates continues the commitment to delivering the highest level of care and service in providing traditional outpatient oral surgery services.

Additionally, we will be launching an expansion of our existing reconstructive surgery service line with the introduction of the Maxillofacial Surgery Center for Excellence.

Our facility is equipped with the most advanced technology designed to plan innovative reconstructive procedures with a high degree of sophistication. This will allow us to better coordinate surgical procedures, communicate outcomes, and accurately predict expectations.

This progress is possible through the faith that has been placed in us by the community, and the good will generated over many years of service. We will continue to keep you abreast of our progress through future communications. We look forward to seeing you soon.