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.
Education and Training
Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia School of Medic 1993
Dr. Kent E. Moore M.D., D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
The differential is lengthy; please see an Otolarygologist. 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. READ MORE
Other than OTC pain meds, the recommendation is to see an OMS. READ MORE
Typically, less than 30 minutes, assuming a surgical guide or a robotic placement is planned. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
While conditions vary from person to person, most people tell us the implant placement procedure is much less painful than the tooth extraction procedure. 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. READ MORE
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)... READ MORE
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. READ MORE
Yes. Nerve anatomy and potential injury to the nerve is a critical element of discussion prior to surgery. READ MORE
Yes. I typically advise a return visit to allow evaluation of healing. Some complications can be prevented by close monitoring by your surgeon. READ MORE
Return if you have concerns, or at least call your surgeon. READ MORE
Don’t drink hot materials while you are numb... you can burn yourself and not be aware... 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. READ MORE
ABSOLUTELY YES READ MORE
Likely so, however, there are a number of variables to consider... you should consult with an OMS to discuss your specific situation. 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... 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... READ MORE
Yes, unfortunately, some discomfort should be expected...however, use of pediatric ibuprofen and Tylenol should significantly help manage the discomfort. READ MORE
We typically advise the use of Ibuprofen and Tylenol. In our experience, the vast majority of individuals adequately manage their discomfort with this combination - avoiding the potential side effects associated with narcotic medications. READ MORE
Training, experience, and coordination with the treating orthodontist are all issues which should be discussed... as well as the pros/cons/ risks and potential benefits (and treatment alternatives) to surgery. READ MORE
Malocclusion is typically treated as a team effort between an orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon. There is an "envelope" of orthodontic movement outside of which surgery becomes necessary to allow correction. You should discuss this with your treating orthodontist. READ MORE
There are a variety of causes for jaw pain in the back of your mouth... of which, wisdom tooth pain could be one of them... I would advise you see an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for evaluation. READ MORE
A variety of cyst and tumors can arises from impacted wisdom teeth without symptoms appearing until too late... on the other hand, if you can maintain erupted wisdom teeth hygienically, removal may not be necessary. Evaluation by an OMS is recommended. 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 . READ MORE
Yes... Absolutely ... of people who undergo removal of wisdom teeth. The vast majority do all four at one time. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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... READ MORE
With what limited data provided...the options likely are: Apicoectomy/tooth extraction with removal of the lesion/cyst 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... READ MORE
infection is possible; you need to return to your doctor who did the root canal treatment for evaluation... 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. 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... 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... 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... READ MORE
worst time typically after extractions for pain and swelling is the first 3-4 days... READ MORE
I would recommend an Endodontic evaluation for the tooth, along with stabilization of the tooth... READ MORE
Combined Otolaryngology and Oral & Maxillofacial consultations are the best way to discern the etiology of your problems... READ MORE
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