Uncommon Dental Issues After 40

As you age, your body experiences natural changes, impacting your life. Some changes will occur in your mouth, and these changes present certain oral complications that need to be addressed to improve your quality of life. Fortunately, there are specific oral issues you won’t have to worry about when you reach a certain age. This article tells you about the uncommon dental problems after 40.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

You’ll develop four additional molars at the back of your mouth. They usually erupt in your teenage years or early 20s. They usually erupt in your teenage years or early 20s. Most of them present serious dental complications because there isn’t enough room in the jaw for them to erupt fully.

This problem is commonly referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. It presents numerous oral complications, including sore gums, pain in the jaw, bacterial infections, and more. The only effective remedy for your impacted wisdom teeth is extraction. Dentists advise their patients to extract their wisdom teeth to prevent future complications as soon as they erupt. Fortunately, you aren’t likely to develop the problem of impacted wisdom teeth after 40 because wisdom teeth don’t erupt at this age.

Overcrowded or Misaligned Teeth

Also referred to as malocclusion, the problem of overcrowded and misaligned teeth is very common in children because they are still going through various human development stages. A child’s mouth usually has 20 primary teeth that eventually fall off to give way to the permanent adult teeth. Unfortunately, sometimes losing the primary teeth and developing new ones doesn’t occur smoothly, resulting in overcrowded and misaligned teeth.

This problem normally occurs when a child’s teeth and jawbone don’t develop simultaneously, leading to a discrepancy in the size of the baby teeth and adult teeth. Sometimes a child will develop adult teeth before losing their primary teeth, resulting in overcrowded and misaligned teeth. Since all your 32 adult teeth should be fully developed in your late 20s, you are less likely to experience the problem of crowded or misaligned teeth after 40. At 40, your teeth should be fully developed and firmly attached to your jawbone and gums to avoid misalignment.

Dr Kademani and our staff at Minnesota Oral and Facial Surgery wish you Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous New year!

Dr Kademani and our staff at Minnesota Oral and Facial Surgery wish you Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous New year!

2023 Events

We look forward to the opportunity of supporting your practice for all your oral and maxillofacial surgery needs. We value your trust and the relationships created through the referrals you provide.
Our three state-of-the-art offices offer a broad range of services, from dental extractions and implant placement, to facial cosmetic surgery and skin care. In addition, we utilize the latest technologies in hair transplantation, CO2 laser resurfacing, and all-on-four immediate dentures. Our comprehensive facial cosmetic practice includes blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, face lifts, and non-surgical treatments such filer and toxin to achieve beautiful and natural aesthetic outcomes.
Dr. Kademani has 20 years of experience and has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures in his career. In addition, he has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and 2 textbooks used worldwide to educate surgeons, and given over 300 invited lectures. He sees patients from all over the state, and is known for treatment of some of the most complex maxillofacial surgery problems. Dr Kademani is committed to his community and profession through education, research, and philanthropy.

Deepak Kademani, DMD MD FACS

CEO Minnesota Oral and Facial Surgery

When I started Minnesota Oral and Facial Surgery in 2014, I had no idea the amazing journey that would begin! With consolidating an exisiting succesful oral surgery practice into my contemporary hospital based major surgery practice, we quickly have established a regional center of excellence for all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery. By 2021, our office has 4 locations Minneapolis, Sartell, Willmar and Maple Grove. Each clinic location has state-of-the-art facilities and driven by clinical excellence. A wonderful, dedicated team works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure all our patients needs are met. It gives me great pleasure to introduce two new physicans/surgeons to our practice Dr Scott Claiborne DDS MD and Dr Carrie Hill MD together we remain committed to compassionate care and clinical excellence.
We are tremendously grateful for our patients and referral base who entrust us with the care of their patients. We work very hard to uphold our commitment to service and this shows in our patient reviews and clinical outcomes. We continue to offer easy accessibility, centralized scheduling, and 24-hour coverage to support our patients and dental colleagues. In addition to dentoalveolar procedures, implants, and extractions, we also offer cosmetic surgery and new for this year dermatology services, hair transplantation, and laser treatments in our practice.
We continue to have a busy hospital based surgical practice. We perform all aspects of maxillofacial and head and neck surgery from TMJ, orthognathic, facial trauma, and benign/malignant pathology and reconstructive surgery. We work closely with our medical and dental communities throughout Minnesota to ensure a high-quality, personalized approach that optimizes comfort, aesthetics function and quality of life in all our patients.
In 2020, I founded the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, dedicated to education, awareness, research, and advocacy to this special patient population. In collaboration with other organizations, such as the MDA and other stakeholders, we are working towards create meaningful change and improving outcomes with earlier diagnosis. We had our first annual H & N cancer walk with over 100 participants including patients, families and providers. The Lowry and 35W bridges were lit during nights in April in honor of H & N cancer awareness month. Our foundation board is dedicated to finding ways to increase awareness and earlier diagnosis! Your support is always welcome.
As always, professional leadership, research and education remain a high priority in my practice. Dr. Scott Claiborne and I are starting a new educational campaign through the Spears Study Club. This will provide monthly learning opportunities for our colleagues and staff.
This year has been exciting, filled with new opportunities and successes. I have an amazing team and remain grateful for their support and dedication to our practice. Dr.Hill, Dermatology, brings a new perspective and service to our clinic and patients. I was nominated for MN Monthly Top Doctor and Top Dentist recognition for the tenth year in a row…thank you. We remain dedicated to creating the highest level of surgical care. I am confident that our team will exceed your expectations!

Provider Highlights

Scott Claiborne DDS MD

Dr. Claiborne joined Minnesota Oral and Facial Surgery in September of 2021. He has been a tremendous addition to the practice and is already making St. Cloud his new home! Dr. Claiborne grew up in North Carolina and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and History at Wake Forest University in 2004. He attended the University of Maryland from 2005-2009, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree.
Upon completing his dental training, he completed a six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at the University of Connecticut. He completed two years of General Surgery training. Following residency, Dr. Claiborne completed an advanced fellowship and sub-specialty training in Oral/Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstruction with Dr Kademani. Before returning to Minnesota Dr Claiborne was in private practice in Connecticut.
Throughout his career, he maintains a strong clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic head, neck, and facial pain. He has written multiple textbook chapters and presented research at local, national, and international meetings in the field of Oral/Head and Neck Oncology.
Dr. Claiborne is a classical pianist, designated as “Musically Advanced” by the National Federation of Music Clubs. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, studying history, tennis, and golf. He is excited to be back in Minnesota and giving back to the community! He is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Carrie Cera Hill has been practicing dermatology since 2010 and joined our practice in 2021. Dr. Cera Hill is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology with personal interests in skin of color and pediatric skin.
Dr. Cera Hill received a BA in Art and MBA in Marketing both at The University of Iowa. After working for 7 years at Procter & Gamble, she received her MD from The University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2006. She completed her dermatology residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Cera Hill is originally from the Midwest, and has practiced Dermatology in Colorado in 1994, and the Midwest. In her spare time, Dr. Cera Hill enjoys traveling, photography, design, working out and spending time with her two children. She speaks Spanish.

Carrie Cera Hill, MD, FAAD

Staff Testimonial

I was born and raised in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota and am proud to call Sartell my home. I obtained my bachelors of science degree in nursing from the College of St. Benedicts. While exploring career options in nursing, I found tremendous joy and fulfillment working in oral surgery. For over 20 years now, I have devoted my career to oral surgery and I continue to enjoy the daily challenges. I always smile when a nervous patient acknowledges that “it wasn’t so bad” – I consider that a win! I enjoy the surgical procedures, fast pace, and technology that comes with a career in oral surgery. I also love working closely with the surgeons who keep me on my toes! It amazes me how much variety there is each day in oral surgery. I’ve enjoyed this career so much that I now have two children who are nurses – and one who works alongside me in our clinic! I am mom to three, stepmom to three, and (soon to be) grandma to three beautiful babies. In my free time, I love my flower garden and kayaking on the lake. I’ve been to Fiji X times and am always looking for my next road trip or beach vacation. I am tremendously proud of my career in oral surgery and I hope my patients feel a sense of comfort in the care I provide.
Kristy Orth, RN
Lead Clinical Nurse

Dr. Kademani Named 2022 Best Dentist by Minnesota Monthly

Dr. Kademani and Minnesota Oral & Facial Surgery has been named to Minnesota Monthly’s list of Best Dentists in the category of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The list is chose by MM’s expert panel and goes out to almost 350,000 readers.

Congratulations to Dr. Kademani and MNOFS! Well deserved kudos.

For more info at the magazine’s site, go here.

Why Board Certification Matters for Oral Surgeons

Oral surgeons perform complex surgeries that are likely to have a life-changing impact on you if they go wrong. When choosing an oral surgeon for your procedure, you must ensure they have the necessary training, skills, and certification. This article will tell you why board certification matters for oral surgeons.

What is Board Certification, and Why is It Important for Oral Surgeons?

Board certification for oral surgeons is a certificate issued to American oral surgeons by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). This board is the only certifying board for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery that is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Although this certification is not mandatory, it shows that the oral surgeon has completed all the necessary training and examinations and meets the standards required to perform successful oral surgeries.

A board of eight directors oversees the ABOMS. It is to make sure all oral surgeons meet the criteria for training and professionalism. It’s certified by peer appraisal.

Before the board gives an oral surgeon a certificate, they must provide professional credentials and prove they have the required training and understanding of different oral surgeries. The certification process involves the qualifying exam and oral certifying exam. The qualifying exam is computer-based, and it’s meant to test the surgeon’s competency in oral and maxillofacial. An oral surgeon must pass this test to move to the following evaluation stage.

The oral certifying examination is designed to evaluate a surgeon’s understanding and judgment in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The test comprises three segments, each with four timed cases. The entire oral test takes 144 minutes, while the qualifying exam takes 200 minutes. An oral surgeon needs to go through this certification process because they meet the prerequisite standards and have demonstrated a high commitment to offering the best services to their patients.

Dr. Kademani Speaking At Dental CE Lineup – Vikings Stadium

Dr. Deepak Kademani, D.M.D., M.D., F.A.C.S., will be presenting and leading co-facilitating the Dental CE Lineup at Vikings Stadium.  This will be an exciting night of fun, networking, and learning more about how to enhance your practice through novel digital dentistry innovations.

  • Food and drinks will be provided.
  • Gift bags will be awarded.
  • SWAG for all.
  • Come by the Carestream Dental table and learn about the new Carestream Dental CBCT and iTero Intraoral Scanner integration.

Click HERE to register.

  • CE provided:

Digital Implant Workflow Case Review: Dr. Deepak Kademani, Oral Surgeon, Minnesota Oral and Facial Surgery. (1 CE)

About Deepak Kademani DMD MD FACS:

Dr Kademani’s dental, medical degrees and surgical residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery education was at the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery. He was subsequently board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was the recipient of the AAOMS Faculty Education Development Award and Committee Person of the Year.

He was initially an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic followed by an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. He completed term’s as the Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at North Memorial Health. He is currently in President and Medical Director at Minnesota Oral and Facial Surgery.

In addition to authoring or co-authoring over one hundred books, abstracts, chapters, monographs, and publications, he has edited two textbook’s including the ‘Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’. He has delivered over 300 invited lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, predominantly in head and neck pathology, oral cancer and reconstructive head and neck surgery. He has served as President of the Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and was recently elected as Director of American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He prides himself on delivering the highest quality and compassionate surgical care to his patients.

Scanning with iTero Intraoral Scanner: Dr. Josh Austin (1 CE) How to Integrate and maximize scanning in a general practice to increase all case acceptance.

Implementing Invisalign: Dr. Josh Austin (1 CE) How to identify malocclusion, start conversations and educate patients.


About Dr. Josh Austin

As editorial director and columnist for Dental Economics focusing on dental products and technology (Pearls for Your Practice), he offers a fresh approach in today’s commercial driven dental journalism. When you read a ‘Pearl’, you are getting an honest evaluation of product which was used by Joshua in clinical practice on a patient.

A graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, Joshua served five years post-graduation as faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Today he maintains a full-time restorative dentistry private practice in San Antonio, Texas.

MNOFS and Dr. Kademani Featured in Minnesota Monthly Magazine

Dr. Deepak Kademani, D.M.D., M.D., F.A.C.S., was recently featured in Minnesota Monthly magazine as an internationally recognized surgeon and educator. His team at Minnesota Oral & Facial Surgery is highly trained and led by board-certified surgeons providing world-class surgical care for all aspects of facial surgery. The team’s mission is to provide an exceptional patient experi­ence. Each patient in its practice receives a personalized approach to their treatment, delivered with compassion and integrity. Dr. Kademani has over 20 years of expe­rience and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and two textbooks used worldwide to educate surgeons. He sees patients from all over the state. He is known for treating some of the most complex cancers, jaw tumors, traumatic injuries, and other surgical pathologies requiring reconstructive head and neck surgery. Dr. Kademani is committed to his community and profession through education, research, and philanthropy.

Minnesota Oral & Facial Surgery is excited to announce two new exceptional physicians. Dr. Scott Clai­borne, D.D.S., M.D., is a fellowship-trained and board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon focusing on dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants, head and neck pathology, and facial pain. Dr. Carrie Cera Hill, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, surgi­cal, and cosmetic dermatology. Minnesota Oral & Facial Surgery’s three state-of-the-art offices offer a broad range of services, from dental extractions and implant placement to facial cosmetic surgery and skin care. In addition, the facility utilizes the latest technologies in hair transplantation, CO2 laser resurfacing, and all-on-four immediate dentures. Our comprehensive facial cosmetic procedures include blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, face lifts, and non-surgical treatments, such as filer and toxin, to achieve beauti­ful and natural aesthetic outcomes. Together, Dr. Kademani and the highly trained Minnesota Oral & Facial Surgery team are here to exceed your expectations!

Using Zirconia for Dental Implants

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth because they’re designed to integrate your jawbone to offer permanent roots. There are different types of dental implants, but this article talks about using zirconia for dental implants.

Zirconia for Dental Implants

Previously, titanium dental implants dominated the dental industry because of their impressive ability to integrate with the jawbone for a permanent replacement. But recently, zirconia dental implants have become very popular, offering an alternative to titanium in terms of osseointegration with the jawbone.

Zirconia comprises zirconium dioxide (ZrO2), also referred to as zirconia. But you shouldn’t confuse zirconia with zircon. Zirconium oxide is a white crystalline oxide, and it can be synthesized to produce various products, including dental implants.

Benefits of Zirconia Dental Implants

Numerous studies have been conducted on zirconia dental implants to establish their viability and benefits to patients. Here are the main advantages of zirconia dental implants.

Corrosion and Wear Resistant
Zirconia dental implants exhibit superior resistance against corrosion and deterioration, keeping your replacement teeth looking new and natural for many years. Since your mouth is always wet, you should choose dental implants that are corrosion resistant. The yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystalline (Y-TZP) constituents in zirconia implants enable them to remain effective for years.

Extra Strength
Zirconia dental implants exhibit a high flexural forte compared to other dental implants. They are durable and inflexible, even under extreme pressure. Therefore, you can bite and chew hard foods without damaging them. They’ve proven to be more effective and pressure-resistant when placed in the anterior part of your mouth.

Like titanium implants, zirconia dental implants are designed to bond with your jawbone to form a firm foundation for your dental crowns. Remember that a successful installation of dental implants depends on the effectiveness of their osseointegration. Fortunately, zirconia is known to offer successful osseointegration.

Doesn’t Conduct Heat
Since zirconia isn’t a metal, it doesn’t conduct heat. Therefore, your zirconia dental implants won’t burn your gums when you eat or drink something hot. This allows your gums to heal and bind themselves around the implants for a firm and permanent replacement.

Their only setback is that a few dentists only offer them. Although zirconia dental implants are gaining popularity worldwide, very few dentists are offering them. They arrived in the United States in 2019, which means they’re still not readily available.

What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Surgery?

As you go through your puberty stage, you will develop four additional molars at the back of your mouth, known as wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, these molars are prone to many problems, including emerging at the wrong angle and getting stuck underneath your gums. That’s why dentists advise their patients to get rid of their wisdom teeth as soon as they emerge.

But many people who plan to get their wisdom extracted are concerned about what to eat after the extraction. This article offers you the ultimate list of what to eat after wisdom teeth surgery.

Best Foods to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Since wisdom teeth extraction is an invasive procedure that involves cutting your gums, especially when your wisdom teeth are stuck underneath your gums, you need to develop a healthy diet plan that will help you recover quickly. Here are the most important foods to eat after wisdom teeth extraction.

Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes are packed with fiber and other nutrients that will benefit your body immensely, and they’re also very marshy and easy to digest. For one to two weeks after wisdom teeth extraction, you shouldn’t eat any hard or crunchy foods to avoid hurting the healing surgical wounds or dislodging the blood clot from the empty sockets. However, eat them in moderation because they’re very high in calories.

Soups are beneficial for your overall health and accelerate healing. They are soft and easy to chew, so you won’t disturb the surgical wounds while chewing and swallowing. You can even take your soups while blended.

Porridge is made with simple ingredients like corn flour, cheese, flour, and more. It doesn’t require a lot of chewing, and it’s easy to swallow cassava. Porridge is a substantial meal that will give your body all the nutrients it needs for faster healing.

Eggs are highly rich in proteins, vitamins, and zinc, which your body needs for recovery. Furthermore, they are easy to chew and swallow without putting pressure on the surgical wounds, especially when scrambled.

Avocadoes and Blended Fruit Juices
Avocadoes are packed with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You can add them to blended fruit juices to add flavor. They’re soft and easy to chew without disturbing your surgical sites.

Why Do Some Dental Procedures Need Bone Grafting?

When you go for a major dental procedure, your dentist will examine your jaw to ensure it’s perfect for the procedure. If your jawbone doesn’t have enough density and mass, your dentist will advise you to go for a bone graft. Why do some dental procedures need bone grafting?

What is a Dental Bone Graft?

A dental bone graft refers to the bone tissue implanted into your jawbone to add bone mass and density. This bone tissue may be harvested from a human or animal donor or manufactured in a lab. A bone graft obtained from another part of your body is an autogenous graft, while a graft obtained from a human donor is known as an allograft. A bone graft obtained from an animal donor is known as a xenograft.

Why Do You Need a Dental Bone Graft?

Many situations warrant a dental bone graft. Here are the main reasons why a dental bone graft may be necessary.

Fitting Dental Implants
Your dentist may advise you to have a bone graft before getting the implant. This bone graft is meant to provide a strong base for your implants. According to studies, almost 50 percent of patients require bone grafting for dental implants. Without enough base, they will become loose and fall off.

Severe Gum Disease
If you’ve lost your teeth due to severe gum disease, your doctor may recommend bone grafting before getting dental implants, significantly if the disease has affected your jawbone. In this case, your doctor may have to surgically remove the affected portions of your jawbone and restore the lost bone mass through grafting.

Bone Loss
If you take long to replace your missing teeth, your jawbone will lack the necessary stimulation to regenerate itself. Consequently, it will shrink. This condition is prevalent in elderly people who have stayed for a long time with missing teeth. In such a situation, a bone graft is necessary.

Can I Get My Dental Implants the Same Day as My Extractions?

Some oral complications may force you to have one or several of your teeth extracted. How can you have the tooth replaced immediately so you can restore your natural smile? Dental implants have proved to be permanent teeth replacement solutions, and this article gives you the correct answer.

What’s an Immediate Dental Implant?

But with the latest technologies in dentistry, it’s possible to have your dental implant fitted immediately after tooth extraction. This type of dental implant is commonly referred to as an immediate dental implant.

In most cases, an immediate dental implant is fitted on the same day your tooth is extracted. But sometimes, it can be fitted after two weeks, especially if your gum is infected or your jawbone requires a bone graft. If you are getting a dental bridge anchored on the dental implant, the procedure is immediate loading.

Importance of Getting an Immediate Dental Implant

Although losing a tooth through extraction is distressing enough, staying with a gap in your teeth for weeks or months is more upsetting because you’ll feel embarrassed every time you laugh or speak in front of people. Many patients prefer to have their dental implants fitted immediately after extraction. Getting your dental implant on the same day as your tooth extraction means you won’t have to cover your mouth when talking or smiling.

Your dental implant fitted immediately after tooth extraction helps speed up osseointegration, coming together with the implant and jawbone. The open gum will heal quickly and tighten up around the implant to give a firm grip. It’s easier to have a dental implant fitted when the wound is still fresh than to open the gum when it’s already healed. An immediate dental implant also helps preserve gum tissue.