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Monday, April 5, 2021
When a rogue wisdom tooth sent Wilbert McGee to the dentist in 1979, all of his teeth ended up being removed. Forty years later, the sheet rock installer is getting a free set of dentures through the School of Dentistry at UMMC. Fourth-year students are making the dentures and handling the clinical care of special patients in need, learning lessons that will carry into their residencies or private practice. Read More
Monday, March 15, 2021
It truly was a race against the clock: When a team of plastic and oral/maxillofacial specialists at UMMC agreed to remove a large, aggressive tumor from the jaw of a Puerto Rican teen and then rebuild that bone, the surgeons had no time to waste. The fast-growing tumor, already the size of a softball, left the patient unable to open her mouth or eat. Today, she is cancer-free. Read More
Too often, Mississippians in dental pain don't have access to care or the money to pay for it. The Jackson Free Clinic offers that treatment, but has only two dental chairs. Thanks to generous donors, the clinic has renovated an adjacent building to eventually house six dental chairs, substantially increasing the number of people who can get the swift relief they need.
Published on Monday, February 22, 2021
When their medical coverage doesn't include dental treatment, military veterans can go years without seeing a dentist. During Dental Mission Week, students and faculty in the School of Dentistry and other schools at UMMC stepped up to give back to Mississippi's veterans by taking care of their teeth.
Published on Monday, February 8, 2021
If a child's disease makes it necessary to use a feeding tube, his or her teeth may be vulnerable to plaque buildup. If a child's complex condition leaves him or her prone to infection, an abscessed tooth could be life-threatening. UMMC's Pediatric Dentistry Team works closely with Children's of Mississippi specialists to make sure these children get the oral health care they need.
Published on Monday, February 1, 2021
Who would have thought a good track record in teeth-brushing and other oral hygiene activities could make a difference in how well someone does following surgery? A multidisciplinary study at the Medical Center has shown the link, including how they avert infections that can cause pneumonia.
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