Archive for April, 2012

SFSA is LEED certified! We are the 1ST PLATINUM LEED certified surgical office in the nation.

We are so excited to be the first to accomplish this monumental challenge.  It is possible to be “surgically green” while providing the highest quality care.  SFSA is now on par with the other companies much larger who are also Platinum LEED certified: Adobe, Cisco and even the California Academy of Sciences. “LEED” or Leadership in Energy […]

San Francisco Surgical Arts Study Club (Wednesday May 30, 2012)

Dear Colleagues, You are invited to the first San Francisco Surgical Arts Study Club meeting for General Dentists! Since our major goal is education, we will run this study club on a monthly basis starting from September through June of each year. The study club will be held in the elegant Infinity Board Room. You […]

What is Maxillofacial Surgery?

…   An exact literal definition of oral and maxillofacial surgery when taken from the dictionary would be as follows: Surgery 1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of injury, deformity, and disease by manual and instrumental means. 2. A surgical operation or procedure, especially one involving the removal or […]

Tooth Eruption

tooth eruption, n the process by which the tooth moves from its site of formation to its position of function. It can be active or passive.

Temporomandibular Joint

temporomandibular joint: The joint that facilitates mandibular movement, located between the head of the mandible and the temporal bone.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants : A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.


laceration: the result of lacerating;  a rough, jagged tear.


palate: (Anatomy) The roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate)  and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate)  that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity.

What is a bone graft? Do I need one?

Bone Grafting Procedures are Commonly Needed Before Placing Implants: In order to place an implant the jawbone must have a certain amount of thickness (width), length and density.   Sometimes when a tooth and its surrounding structures have suffered from things such as infection or bone resorption the site can be deemed unsuitable for the placement […]


Osseointergrate:  Osseointegration derives from the Greek osteon, bone, and the Latin integrare, to make whole. The term refers to the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. …,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=7eb002691ce0398a&biw=1280&bih=581