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Dental sutures

Dental sutures are often indicated in certain types of surgical procedures. They are used to help control bleeding and to close the wounds created by the procedure. This promotes healing. Dental sutures usually are packaged in a sterile container with the suture needle attached to the suture. The suture needle …

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Dental post operative instructions

Dental post operative instructions- When a surgical procedure is completed, the patient cannot be dismissed until dental post operative instructions are given to him or her. The instructions should be given both orally and in written form. They should not only be given to the patient, but also to anyone …

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Jaw fracture

Jaw fracture usually occur due to trauma, such as, an automobile accident, a fall, a fight, etc. Fractures of the maxilla or mandible must be set into proper alignment to ensure complete healing. The goal of setting a jaw fracture once the bone has been set in proper alignment is …

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Osteotomy

An osteotomy is any procedure that requires cutting bone. In some cases this is done to remove bone and at other times this procedure is done to cut through the bone to allow the oral surgeon to reposition the two pieces of bone. The reasons for an osteotomy are: 1. …

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Frenectomy

A frenectomy is the removal or reattachment of either the labial or lingual frenum. This procedure is usually done under a local anesthetic. There are two types of frenectomies: a labial frenectomy and a lingual frenectomy. The purpose of this procedure is to help facilitate movement of both the tongue …

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Alveolar osteitis

A potential complication after tooth extraction is an alveolar osteitis (alveolitis), also known as a “dry socket.” It usually occurs three to four days after removal of a tooth. Alveolar osteitis is very painful condition occurs when the blood clot formed after the extraction does not hold to the bone …

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Instruments Used in Oral Surgery

Instruments Used in Oral Surgery procedures are very specialized pieces of equipment. Many of them can be used for a specific function only. Some of the most common Instruments Used in Oral Surgery, are as follows: ELEVATORS Elevators are used to lift and separate either teeth or soft tissues during …

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis, surgical, and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects, including both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions. Many of the extensive surgical procedures done by Oral …

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Removable Prosthodontics

Complete dentures are a common type of the Removable Prosthodontics devices. A complete denture is a set of plastic or porcelain teeth placed on an acrylic/metal base which resembles the soft tissue of the maxillary or mandibular arch. They are made to sit on the alveolar mucosa and underlying bony …

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Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is a specialty area of dentistry, which deals with the replacement and restoration of extensively damaged or missing teeth. It may be associated with or without replacement of soft tissues. The field of Prosthodontics can be divided into two main categories termed fixed prosthodontics and removable prosthodontics. Fixed prosthodontics …

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