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Dr. Kent E. Moore, M.D., D.D.S.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Kent Moore is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Moore specializes in the treatment of problems related to the face, mouth and jaws. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Moore is a unique dental specialist who can provide emergency medicine, perform general surgery and give anesthesia. These medical doctors are the only type of medical care specialist who can administer anesthesia, besides anesthesiologists. Typical procedures performed by Dr. Moore are tooth extractions, especially wisdom teeth, corrective jaw surgery, cleft palate surgery and reconstructive surgery after an injury. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also perform dental work including placing dental implants. These surgeons might also deal with conditions of sleep apnea, oral cancers and more.
Dr. Kent E. Moore, M.D., D.D.S.
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Year
  • Accepting new patients

How long is the recovery for a wisdom tooth extraction?

The time for recovery can vary from person to person depending upon a variety of factors. For most people days two through four tend to be the worst timeframe for swelling and READ MORE
The time for recovery can vary from person to person depending upon a variety of factors. For most people days two through four tend to be the worst timeframe for swelling and pain. Typically after day for symptoms start to improve .

Should I get all of my wisdom teeth extracted in one appointment?

Yes... Absolutely ... of people who undergo removal of wisdom teeth. The vast majority do all four at one time.

Why do I need to go to an oral surgeon for my tooth extraction?

A variety of dental service providers may remove wisdom teeth, however, only Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons have the requisite training and skills to best manage a wide variety READ MORE
A variety of dental service providers may remove wisdom teeth, however, only Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons have the requisite training and skills to best manage a wide variety of conditions related to the wisdom teeth.

Is surgery helpful in treating sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a complex physiologic and anatomic process related to upper airway collapse- and is multifactorial in origin. Forward movement of the upper and lower READ MORE
Obstructive sleep apnea is a complex physiologic and anatomic process related to upper airway collapse- and is multifactorial in origin. Forward movement of the upper and lower jaw can be performed in an effort to expand the upper airway at multiple levels in one surgical procedure. However, there are a large variety of surgical procedures which can be applied based upon presenting anatomy and physiology. I would advise an evaluation by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is knowledgeable and well versed in management of obstructive sleep apnea, as well as evaluation by a sleep position as a good starting point.

When is corrective jaw surgery needed?

Corrective jaw surgery (for orthodontic purposes) is indicated when orthodontic-only treatment is unable to produce a functional and stable result. This is commonly seen where READ MORE
Corrective jaw surgery (for orthodontic purposes) is indicated when orthodontic-only treatment is unable to produce a functional and stable result. This is commonly seen where one of the jaws has grown excessively too much or too little in one or more of three planes of space.

My wisdom teeth haven't come in. Is this normal?

For most people but not for all the wisdom teeth typically erupt around the “age of wisdom”... that is around age 16 or 17. However, Depending upon the position of the teeth and READ MORE
For most people but not for all the wisdom teeth typically erupt around the “age of wisdom”... that is around age 16 or 17. However, Depending upon the position of the teeth and local anatomy (and potential pathology) they may not erupt during that time frame. I would advise you to seek a consultation with an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon for evaluation.

Is general anesthesia sometimes used for wisdom tooth extractions?

For some people general anesthesia is certainly an option; however, for some it is not. Your medical history and you’re presenting morphology are all factors to consider. A variety READ MORE
For some people general anesthesia is certainly an option; however, for some it is not. Your medical history and you’re presenting morphology are all factors to consider. A variety of anesthesia options exist; You should discuss your options with your treating surgeon during your consultation.

My wisdom tooth hurts a lot. Is extraction the only option?

You should likely be evaluated by a dentist and/or oral & maxillofacial surgeon; if you retain the tooth you will need to be willing to maintain it, monitor it, and/or intervene READ MORE
You should likely be evaluated by a dentist and/or oral & maxillofacial surgeon; if you retain the tooth you will need to be willing to maintain it, monitor it, and/or intervene if problems persist or worsen...

What are the possible treatments available for dental cysts?

With what limited data provided...the options likely are:
Apicoectomy/tooth extraction with removal of the lesion/cyst

My wisdom tooth is aching. Is it better to have it extracted?

You likely need to be evaluated by a dentist and/or oral & maxillofacial surgeon... if you retain the tooth you will need to be willing to monitor and maintain the area, as well READ MORE
You likely need to be evaluated by a dentist and/or oral & maxillofacial surgeon... if you retain the tooth you will need to be willing to monitor and maintain the area, as well as to be willing to intervene later if symptoms worsen or persist...

After a root canal are there chances of an infection in the jaw?

infection is possible; you need to return to your doctor who did the root canal treatment for evaluation...

Risk of nerve damage during impacted wisdom tooth surgery?

Individual anatomy dictates nerve-root risks related to the inferior alveolar nerve during mandibular wisdom teeth removal. Lingual nerve injury is rare, but is also present during READ MORE
Individual anatomy dictates nerve-root risks related to the inferior alveolar nerve during mandibular wisdom teeth removal. Lingual nerve injury is rare, but is also present during removal of mandibular wisdom teeth. Injury to either of these nerves can be partial or total, and potentially permanent. Evaluation by an oral surgeon can help you better define your risks.

Wisdom teeth removal

some general dentists feel comfortable approaching wisdom teeth that are deemed "uncomplicated" by them... oral surgeons, however, are specialists of the facial skeleton and remove READ MORE
some general dentists feel comfortable approaching wisdom teeth that are deemed "uncomplicated" by them... oral surgeons, however, are specialists of the facial skeleton and remove wisdom teeth on nearly a daily basis...

What does recovery time look like for UPPP surgery?

UPPP surgery rarely cures Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as airway obstruction can occur at more than one level, and the ability of surgeons to discern the true nature and pattern of READ MORE
UPPP surgery rarely cures Obstructive Sleep Apnea, as airway obstruction can occur at more than one level, and the ability of surgeons to discern the true nature and pattern of any individual's anatomic airway obstruction during natural sleep is very limited at this time... CPAP will likely still be needed following surgery...

Wisdom teeth pain after they're gone

If not a consistent worsening issue, it may be a symptom associated with long-term healing. If concerned, however (or if symptoms persist) you should probably have an oral surgeon READ MORE
If not a consistent worsening issue, it may be a symptom associated with long-term healing. If concerned, however (or if symptoms persist) you should probably have an oral surgeon take a look...

What can I expect after oral surgery?

worst time typically after extractions for pain and swelling is the first 3-4 days...

Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

I would recommend an Endodontic evaluation for the tooth, along with stabilization of the tooth...

Are these crackling sounds in my ear from TMJ?

Combined Otolaryngology and Oral & Maxillofacial consultations are the best way to discern the etiology of your problems...