Practicing dental extractions for the first time

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 1.58.39 PMAn extraction is a procedure that some dentists may completely avoid and others may entirely prefer to do in house. Whatever the case may be, the exposure and experience practicing prior to facing real cases is invaluable.

Two weeks ago, we were given the chance to practice extractions on pig jaws and learned to suture on pig feet. This sounds morbid and alarming to some but very few programs can provide such an incredible opportunity.

As we entered lab like any other day that morning we kept the procedure in our mind as it was projected on individual screens at each desk. We were taught that a good extraction follows five primary steps. All extractions may not require all five steps but it is important to consider them when making an educated clinical plan. Read on for the five steps.

Receiving complete dentures at age 26

young with denturesKristi is not your typical “denture patient.” As a stay-at-home mother of four in Jacksonville, Florida, Kristi received her first set of upper and lower complete dentures at the young age of 26. Her story is unusual, not just because of her age, but that throughout her entire journey of full mouth extractions, placement of immediate dentures, and now with her new implants, Kristi has chronicled all of her struggles, accomplishments, and numerous dental visits on her blog and Youtube channel. Her videos and posts have provided a voice and string of hope for current and future denture-wearers.

“Hearing” the deaf at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy

ASDOH ASDA at AZMOMSure life is random, but in its chaos, it has often shown me that it is prepping us for something else. Such a building block was revealed to me when I volunteered at Arizona’s Mission of Mercy (AzMOM).

This past December, ASDOH ASDA volunteered at AzMOM, Arizona’s largest dental charity event. Although I was registered to volunteer as an x-ray technician, fate had another plan. And, the reality of what it really means to be underserved made itself ever more present to me. Read on to learn more about Mykel’s experience.

Student’s iPhone photo goes viral for a cause

SnowyDowntownBirminghamOriginal.JPGAlabama is not known for its winter weather. But on the night of Feb. 12, about 5 inches of snow fell on Birmingham. AJ Fennell, a third year dental student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, braved the icy roads to pick up his friends from a high rise building in downtown Birmingham. They planned to go sledding at a local park.

Find out how a simple photo of the skyline raised more than $7,000 for a colleague in need…