Orthodontists and oral surgeons are often confronted with the problem of impacted teeth. My goal is to continuously educate myself on any concerns my patients may have when it comes to their teeth or gums. A book that is currently on my bookshelf is Impacted Teeth by Vince Kokich. Along with Dave Matthews, Kokich has over 40 years of experience. These respected men have put together a visually pleasing book that offers valuable information as it relates to surgical and orthodontic approaches to impactions.

In this month’s issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics there is a fabulous review by Allen H. Moffitt located here. From this review, I gather the first three chapters are references to literature on the topic. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 conclude with recommended reading. This is a list that I will scour over the course of the next few months as continuing education is something I hold to be very important for my patients and my practice.

Over the course of the past 10 years I have read many pieces of literature on Impacted Teeth and other concerns for patients. By doing this I can answer questions related to the angulation of a tooth. With oral surgery is not that main part of my practice it is something that is very useful to understand and reference when giving patients advice. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and guardians will often have questions when it comes to Pericoronitis and other issues. While some may think it is not my job to be educated on these topics it is still pleasing to give them basic information while referring them to one of my colleagues.

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