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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

What to do when it hurts to swallow?

The differential is lengthy; please see an Otolarygologist.

Is TMJ genetic?

No, direct genetic linkage has been established for the majority of TMJ disorders; some conditions such as collagen-vascular disease or other medical conditions may have a genetic READ MORE
No, direct genetic linkage has been established for the majority of TMJ disorders; some conditions such as collagen-vascular disease or other medical conditions may have a genetic component.

How can I relieve TMJ pain?

Other than OTC pain meds, the recommendation is to see an OMS.

How long does the dental implant surgery last?

Typically, less than 30 minutes, assuming a surgical guide or a robotic placement is planned.

Do I need to remove all 4 wisdom teeth?

It is your decision to remove 0,1,2,3 or all 4 wisdom teeth. As the upper wisdom teeth will generally drift inferiorly following removal of the upper wisdom teeth, a general (not READ MORE
It is your decision to remove 0,1,2,3 or all 4 wisdom teeth. As the upper wisdom teeth will generally drift inferiorly following removal of the upper wisdom teeth, a general (not absolute) recommendation is to remove the upper wisdom teeth when the lowers are removed. If the upper teeth drift inferiorly, then they can eventually irritate the soft tissues over the lower arch and/or contribute to decay with the adjacent second molar teeth. Evaluation by an OMS is recommended.

Can grinding your teeth eventually lead to jaw surgery?

In addition to causing attrition and wear of your permanent teeth (potentially leading to eventual tooth extraction), those who clench and grind their teeth are at increased risk READ MORE
In addition to causing attrition and wear of your permanent teeth (potentially leading to eventual tooth extraction), those who clench and grind their teeth are at increased risk for temporomandibular joint dysfunction and problems, as the vertical forces transmitted during clenching are transmitted to the joint. TMJ meniscus and disc issues can arise.

Do I need to remove wisdom teeth?

If your wisdom teeth have erupted properly and you have functional contacts- AND are able to maintain your wisdom teeth (from a hygienic standpoint) - which is typically the problem READ MORE
If your wisdom teeth have erupted properly and you have functional contacts- AND are able to maintain your wisdom teeth (from a hygienic standpoint) - which is typically the problem we see in this situation- there's generally no absolute reason to remove the wisdom teeth in this case. Evaluation by an OMS would be recommended.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

While conditions vary from person to person, most people tell us the implant placement procedure is much less painful than the tooth extraction procedure.

Should I avoid hot foods after oral surgery?

We advise people to avoid hot foods during the interval of numbness following a procedure in order to minimize the chance of burning the oral mucosa. Heat or hot foods may cause READ MORE
We advise people to avoid hot foods during the interval of numbness following a procedure in order to minimize the chance of burning the oral mucosa. Heat or hot foods may cause vasodilation which may contribute to bleeding.

How long is the recovery time for tooth extraction?

6-8 weeks for soft tissue healing, and 3-6 months for bone healing (depending upon the maxilla [6 months] versus lower jaw (3 months)...

How long does novocaine last after wisdom tooth removal?

It depends on which local anesthetic was used and how much medication made it to the nerve. Varying anesthetics have different properties causing varying lengths of effect.

Is it possible to lose feeling in face after extraction?

Yes. Nerve anatomy and potential injury to the nerve is a critical element of discussion prior to surgery.

Do I need to go back to dentist after wisdom tooth removal?

Yes. I typically advise a return visit to allow evaluation of healing. Some complications can be prevented by close monitoring by your surgeon.

Stitches are loose after extraction. What do I do?

Return if you have concerns, or at least call your surgeon.

Can I drink coffee after oral surgery?

Don’t drink hot materials while you are numb... you can burn yourself and not be aware...

Do you have to be put to sleep to get your wisdom teeth out?

No... however, everyone’s situation varies upon a variety of factors, and your comfort is a priority.... I would advise a consultation where options for your situation can be discussed. READ MORE
No... however, everyone’s situation varies upon a variety of factors, and your comfort is a priority.... I would advise a consultation where options for your situation can be discussed.

Can oral surgery correct my sleep apnea?

Likely so, however, there are a number of variables to consider... you should consult with an OMS to discuss your specific situation.

What can an oral surgeon do about teeth grinding?

Tooth grinding - recognized and nocturnal "bruxism", and wakefulness "clenching"- is not a surgically-directed problem. At this point in time, the cause for these problems is READ MORE
Tooth grinding - recognized and nocturnal "bruxism", and wakefulness "clenching"- is not a surgically-directed problem. At this point in time, the cause for these problems is not fully elucidated. Dr. Gilles Lavigne at the University of Montreal is the world authority on this issue... you should Google him and read some of his work...

How long does it take to recover from wisdom teeth removal?

Recovery following wisdom tooth removal is largely related to the degree of difficulty encountered and the invasiveness of the surgery; those who require less to remove the wisdom READ MORE
Recovery following wisdom tooth removal is largely related to the degree of difficulty encountered and the invasiveness of the surgery; those who require less to remove the wisdom teeth will generally recover more quickly than those who have deeply impacted wisdom teeth. Overall, days 2-4 tend to be the worst timeframe for symptoms following wisdom tooth removal...