From the desk of Richard A. Urbanek, JR., DDS, MS, PA
A light bulb went off in my head several years ago. Every other patient I see my age, has spent their whole life in a dental chair with a continuum of treatments.
Dry socket is a term that is often misapplied to pain after a tooth extraction. This is a rare condition; an extraction site completely devoid of clot-scab equivalent on dry skin.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a widely used term that is applied to disorders associated with this system. We have not figured out how to correct all the problems, so we just changed the name to TMD (temporomandibular disorders).
LaunchPad Medical in, conjunction with Stryker, has just gotten approval for use of its resorbable bone glue-Tetranite.