Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates
USOSM Salutes Dr. Wendell “Wedge” Edgin for 42 years of clinical practice, as he announces his intention to retire
IRVING, TEXAS (4/1/2022) … FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … After 42 years of clinical practice, Wendell “Wedge” Edgin, DDS, FICD, FACD, has announced his intention to retire from Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates, effective May 1, 2022. Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates is a partner practice of U.S. Oral Surgery Management (USOSM), with three locations, treating patients in San Antonio and Boerne, Texas.
“The thing I’ll miss the most is taking care of patients—that’s what’s gotten me out of bed every day, whether I was serving in the military, teaching at the school or practicing at Alamo Maxillofacial. This will be a big change for me and my family, but getting to spend more time together is something we’re looking forward to,” said Dr. Edgin. “During my entire career, I haven’t missed a single day of work due to illness, and I hope that my health continues to hold, because I have a large and growing list of things I’d like to do and see, while I’m able.”
Born and raised as a fifth generation Texan, Dr. Edgin is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a managing partner of Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates. He is well-known throughout the Texas Hill Country and the oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) industry for his dedication, experience and clinical expertise. Dr. Edgin has written and lectured extensively on a wide variety of OMS topics and has held a number of significant roles for prominent professional organizations.
Currently, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a member of the USOSM Clinical Governance Board, a life fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. In addition, he is a past president of the San Antonio District Dental Society, the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
“Wedge is a trusted friend and colleague, and he’s one of the best oral surgeons I know. He’s a mentor to countless OMS students and professionals, and he’s deeply respected and liked by his patients, his colleagues, his staff and the OMS industry as a whole,” said Richard Hall, USOSM president and CEO. “Whenever a great leader retires, it’s a little bittersweet – we’re sad to see him go, but he has had a distinguished career in the Air Force and as an oral surgeon in private practice. It’s time for him to enjoy his family and grandchildren. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”
Dr. Edgin received bachelor’s degrees in zoology and microbiology from Texas Tech University and his DDS from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. After which, he entered the U.S. Air Force and completed his general practice residency at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ. He served as a general dentist for six years before his residency training in OMS at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center.
In 2001, Dr. Edgin completed a 21-year military career at the rank of colonel and as the department chair and director of the graduate OMS program at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center. In addition, he was the OMS consultant to the Surgeon General. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with One Device.
“Through the years, I’ve had the opportunity and the honor to serve my country, my state, my community, and my patients in this wonderful profession of ours. I’m truly grateful, and I couldn’t have done it without my fellow doctors and our wonderful staff, my colleagues and my family. With the highest respect and a most heartfelt thanks, I salute you!”
U.S. Oral Surgery Management
USOSM congratulates Dr. B.D. Tiner on 40 years of clinical practice, as he announces his intention to ‘hang up his spurs’
IRVING, TEXAS (APRIL 29, 2021) … FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … On May 1, 2021 after 40 years of clinical practice, B.D. Tiner, DDS, MD, FACS, has decided to retire from Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates, a USOSM partner practice with three locations, treating patients in San Antonio and Boerne, Texas.
“Treating patients has been my passion and my calling, but I turned 70 last October and after spending five or more days a week working for the past 40 years, I’m ready to spend more time with my family, checking items off my bucket list with my wonderful wife, Brenda,” said Dr. Tiner. “The most satisfying part of my time with Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates has been the hundreds of lives Steve, Bob and I have impacted with life changing orthognathic surgery in conjunction with many excellent orthodontists – and I could not have done any of this without them. I am grateful to them and feel blessed that they will have our practice and our patients’ care in their capable hands.”
In addition to his duties with Alamo Maxillofacial Surgical Associates, Dr. Tiner is the president of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), a diplomate and past president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a fellow of both AAOMS and the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, Dr. Tiner is an active member and past president of the Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and he serves as an ambassador for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation.
“Dr. Tiner is one of the best oral surgeons I know. He’s an industry leader, a compassionate and highly skilled practitioner and a trusted mentor, who has made outstanding contributions both to his practice and to OMS as a whole,” said Richard Hall, USOSM president and CEO. “The retirement of a great leader is always a little bittersweet – we’re sad to see him go, but we also rejoice with him because this is what he wants. We support him in his decision and wish him well, wherever this new journey may take him.”
A retired U.S. Navy Captain, and currently an adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Tiner has served as a mentor and teacher to countless OMS students and professionals throughout his career. In addition, he has authored or co-authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters.
Dr. Tiner holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Arkansas State University, a DDS from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and his MD from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. Dr. Tiner’s post-graduate training included an internship in anesthesia and a residency in OMS at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“I want to take a moment to thank my patients for entrusting me with their care – it has truly been my honor. And to thank my fellow doctors, our staff and my colleagues. Thank you for your long-standing support and dedication. The past 40 years have truly been a great ride, but it’s time to hang up my spurs!”
U.S. Oral Surgery Management
Need a dental implant but don’t have sufficient jaw bone? Dental implants are the most effective option when it comes to replacing a tooth. However, if in order to successfully get an implant, you need to have an adequate amount of jawbone. If you don’t, then you will need a bone graft before getting the actual implant. Bone grafting is when an oral surgeon will either harvest bone from another part of your body, a cadaver, a deceased animal, or in most cases, use a special bone grafting material to anchor it onto your jaw bone, thus increasing its’ strength and density. Although the procedure may sound pretty scary, we can promise you it’s nothing of the sort. Below are some things to expect when getting a bone graft!
First, it’s important to keep in mind that dental implant surgeries are most often performed in stages. The first stage is the removal of the damaged tooth. After the removal of the tooth is when the actual bone grafting takes place; which, as explained previously, is when an oral surgeon replaces lost bone, therefore creating a base for a dental implant. Once the jawbone heals, you’ll be able to move on to the next stage, which is setting up the base for the dental implant using a titanium post. After this heals, the prosthetic tooth will then be inserted. To summarize, this process is often very long, spanning over months. A successful bone graft and implant won’t just happen overnight.
Recovery time is often based on the size of the bone graft and implant. This can take anywhere from a short two weeks to more than a year. We recommend avoiding intense physical activity for the first six weeks. Swelling is expected (as it always is after most surgical procedures); it’s your body’s reaction to the surgery. Most swelling won’t be apparent until the day following your surgery.
To help aid your swelling, Ice packs can be applied to the outside of mouth where the surgery was performed.
As always, if you have any questions regarding the procedure, or simply want to discuss the details further, simply call our office @ Methodist Plaza Phone Number 210-614-3915.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed seems to be a rite of passage these days. Everyone knows a friend or a family member who has gotten them extracted or even have had them pulled themselves. Aside from enjoying the perks of getting these last set of molars extracted such as getting to miss school or even work for a few days, or the endless and guiltless ice cream soiree, here are the occasional and sometimes painful telltale signs that you need your wisdom teeth removed:
• Gum pain: When your “third molars” or wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they push past the gums creating an uncomfortable and hot feeling. It will most likely be accompanied with pressure or a dull throbbing sensation in the gums nearest the jaw bone. Infection can also lead to puffy and swollen gums and some unwanted drainage.
• Jaw pain: A wisdom tooth infection can cause sore throats and swollen lymph glands under the jaw. These symptoms can make the area around your jaw uncomfortable and difficulty chewing and eating may become persistent. In the case where an impacted wisdom tooth is present, it can lead to jaw aches and ear pain as well.
• Teeth and mouth pain: When you have an impacted wisdom tooth that is growing in at an angle, it can impact surrounding teeth. This can result in an increase of pressure on tooth nerves and bone, crowding the surrounding teeth. Symptoms include swelling, tenderness and pain.
You may be the lucky few who never experience these symptoms and may not even need your wisdom teeth removed if they are growing properly positioned, but making sure to address the pain and getting them removed early will ensure that you get to enjoy the perks of wisdom teeth extraction without the pain! Call our office today! Methodist Plaza Phone Number 210-614-3915
Missing teeth? No problem. A dental implant is a way to replace an empty void that may be leaving you self-conscious about your smile. Whether the vacant spot is due to a sports injury, facial trauma, periodontal complication, or bad oral hygiene, it can fill the vacancy permanently and give you a boost of confidence. So, what exactly is a dental implant? Here are a few things you need to know:
• Dental implants act as a replacement for the roots of a tooth. Metaphorically speaking, they can be the anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures and are screwed into the jaw bone to provide support for replacement teeth. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum line.
• Dental implants resemble the shape of screws and once placed into the jawbone, will naturally bond with your natural bone to provide a strong base for artificial teeth.
• Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures done in dentistry.
• Dental implants will be the next best thing you’ll have to healthy and natural teeth.
• A dental implant is dependent on the oral health of the person undergoing treatment. There needs to be healthy tissue in the mouth and enough jaw bone to support these dental implants.
• After undergoing a dental implant procedure, keeping the structures healthy and clean should be done precisely and with attention to detail. This will help to maintain and ensure the long-term success of the treatment and the oral health of your mouth.
Don’t let a missing tooth or teeth stop you from living a full life without limits. Laugh and smile, indulge in foods without restriction, and most importantly, feel comfortable in your own skin. Call our office Methodist Plaza Phone Number 210-614-3915 to find out how a dental implant can be beneficial to you and the overall health of your teeth. What have you got to lose? Call us today!
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