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Dr. Samuel Mckenna

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Bristol, VA
38 years experience

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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English

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Oral Cancer: Oral cancer usually presents with a change in the tissues that form the lining of oral cavity, including the gums. Red, raised lesion in high risk ar... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Memory-Anesthesia: Genl. Anesthesia produces amnesia for the events following the onset of an adequate anesthetic depth and for a variable period of time after the anest... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
TMJ Strain: Tmj pain characterized by pain and tenderness in front of the ear canal. The pain is often aggrevated by jaw activity and relieved with rest. Sprains... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
TMD vs TMJ: Tmd encompasses a number of conditions of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and chewing muscles. Tmd symproms include such findings as TMJ noise (pop... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
What is TMJ: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) symptoms are usually marked by some combination of joint noise (popping, clicking, grating sounds), pain with function (... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Chin Numbness: Numbness in the chin, especially if on one side may be caused by irritation of the 3rd dividion of the 5th cranial nerve. This may be casued by inflam... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Dental Implants: Dental implants placement is a surgical procedure that may be performed by any dentist with specific training in the management of dental implants. T... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Pain comes and goes: Pain from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) typically varies with jaw activity. Excessive and even normal jaw activity can trigger pain. Some with TMJ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Wisdom Teeth: Sedation of some form will make wisdom tooth removal more pleasant. Wisdom teeth can be removed with excellent local anesthesia. However, such surgic... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Not TMJ: Tmj disorders do not cause tongue swelling. The swelling may be related to a salivary gland but a number of conditions are associated with tongue swel... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Ulcers not herpes: Recurrent oral ulcers are usually not from the herpes virus. There are many different causes of oral ulcers but the most common is the well known "ca... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Oral Ulcer: Oral cancer is usually characterized by a non-helaing oral lesion. A recurrent ulcer that heals between events is less likely to represent oral cancer... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide at the dental office provides some relaxation and analgesia (pain control) but does not directly decrease one's awareness of sounds. How... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Oragel O.D.: Orajel is a topical anesthetic with the risk of toxicity and and the rare but serious condition called methemoglobinemia. Therefore, application shoul... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
TMJ Pian: Tmd may include joint noise, pain, and locking symptoms. Tmd pain is initially managed with a combination of jaw rest, antiinflammatory medication and... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Yes and No: Bruxism may aggrevate the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders but bruxism does not define "tmj.".
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Meds for TMJ: Antiinflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen can be helpful in the management of temporomandibular joint and chewing muscle discomfort. Night time t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Jaw pain and filling: Some patients are predisposed to jaw pain after dental appointments. This discomfort is likely from holding the mouth open for a prolonged period of t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Prolonged periods of mouth opening, especially excessive opening can aggrevate a pre-existing TMJ problem. It is reasonable to ask your dentist/hygien... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Mckenna
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
1 vist extraction: Generally a single extraction can be accomplished in one office visit. If one has multiple complex co-morbid medical problems an initial consultation ... Read More

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Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mckenna is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Mckenna is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, TN
Graduated 1983MD
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