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Questions in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery forum are answered by Dr. Michael H Kirsch and Dr. Mario Tuchman. Topics covered include teeth extractions, wisdom teeth, dental implants, bone grafting, orthognathic surgery, facial bones realignment, facial trauma repair, jaw alignment, anesthesia , jaw cyst or tumor diagnosis, reconstructive jaw surgery, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) and TMJ surgery.

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Hi... I just had an accident 3 weeks ago when my face had hit hard on the steering wheel. As a result, my lower front teeth was displaced/ dislocated a bit and I had to have 6 stitches inside my mouth i.e between my lower front gum an...
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I had three implants placed where I had an impacted eye tooth and a bridge. I had bone augmentation and 18 months later a bridge fitted. The implant in the middle is slightly raised due to bone loss where the impacted tooth was removed....
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I'll give a brief description as I'm wondering if this is standard procedure and if I really should be concerned!? August 08- I had a tooth (lower back molar right next to wisdom tooth) that was broken. Was told needed root canal the...
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Hi Doctor, I have had a rather large lump on the right side of my hard palate for as long as I can remember. It's relatively soft, but not movable. I don't notice it's there unless I'm actually looking at it. It doesn't interrupt m...
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I had braces with elastics when I turned 18 to fix malocclusion; I had an overbite. I also had an accident where I fell on my chin when I was younger, and has caused me TMJ problems. Even after my braces, my jaw has a pretty noticeable c...
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Long story - had a very traumatic tooth #14 extraction, resulted in dry socket, bits of bone and tooth left in the gum. Had those bits removed by a second dentist. Then waited months for bone to 'fill in' (no bone graft). Following tha...
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About two weeks ago I had a benign mass removed from the top my tongue on the right side...caused by trauma (perhaps biting it). The mass was approx. 1 cm square. It required stitches. The stitches were removed about a week ago. Ther...
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Hello, I have had longstanding TMJ problems treated by a prosthodontist, which have worsened recently partly as a result of failed treatments recently by a new prosthodontist who has replaced my usual (now retired) prosthodontist. The...
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I have had a problem for about 9 months now with a sloughing lesion on the underside of my tongue. It started small but I have anxiety problems and picked at it. It grew and spread to the other side of the tongue. It is always painless, ...
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On December 12th I had my healing collars removed and had a 3 crown primary bar screw retained bridge placed on three implants. I had previously had fisiograft, which is bone augmentation placed in the cavity after having the teeth extra...
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Hello Doctor, First let me state I'm a smoker and concerned. I have had this issue now for roughly 2 months. It all started with minor irritation of my inner cheek and area in lower cheek near bottom of last molar on right side. I ...
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I am in the dental field and i had an possible exposure at work....about 8 days after a possible exposure... I developed Thrush on my tongue; had a culture it was negative; but I know it has to be thrush because I had burning esophagus...
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I believe there is a link between prolonged use of fosamax and oseonecrosis of the mandible. Who might I contact for positive confirmation?
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Hello Dr. I had an 18 year-old six-tooth upper front bridge replaced two weeks ago with a nice zirconium/porcelain bridge. Two post teeth on the upper right (#6 and #7) needed root canals. The dentist who re-filled the teeth and p...
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Hi Doc, six months ago I got a titanium implant for a tooth that was extracted a while back. About six weeks ago apparently I developed an infection (periimplantitis) on my new implant. I had an abscess, got antibiotics for a few we...
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I have what I feel to be a mucocele caused by a fall three years ago. The only thing is, it is on the upper lip and very superficial. If it is a mucocele, will it be more difficult to surgically remove, and if it isn't a mucocele, can ...
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I had an apocoechtomy ( spell?) in May 2006. infection returned within one week, dentist put me on Avolox, then Clindemycine, then Keflex etc... for 5 weeks total. then sent to oral surgeon who removed the tooth. The tooth was an old ro...
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Over 6 weeks ago, I had 21 teeth surgically removed in the hospital. New teeth and bone matter appear to be growing back and I am in severe pain. Is it possible to grow new teeth at age 44? What are the appropriate remedies and ques...
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I am hoping you can help me with this as I'm not sure where this question fits. Over the last 6 months I have had white patches in my cheeks my tongue. THey come and go and move around to different places in my mouth. I had an HIV tes...
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Thank you in advance for your time. I am 24 years old (male) and a non-smoker/drinker. Recently, I had a sore on my lip due to an apparent virus I was fighting. I seem to always stroke my hard palate with my tongue as a nervous habit; la...
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