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Insights into Oral Maxillofacial Surgery with Dr. Reo Pugao

In this episode, we have the privilege of hearing from Dr. Reo Pugao, a distinguished member of the High Desert Oral & Facial Surgery team. Dr. Pugao is a highly skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in surgical treatments for the head and neck. He is a proud member of esteemed professional organizations such as the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Pugao’s journey to oral surgery began after working as a medical technologist. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University in 2007 and his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine—New Orleans in 2010. He completed his post-graduate training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at LSU, which included a general surgery internship certificate. 

During the episode, Dr. Pugao covers various aspects of oral maxillofacial surgery, including TMJ treatment approaches, advancements in the field, interdisciplinary care, and the latest biomedical research. He also shares valuable insights on diagnostic injections for TMJ pain and addresses the stigma surrounding TMJ patients. 

Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of oral maxillofacial surgery with Dr. Reo Pugao, a respected professional in the field.

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[0:00] Intro

[02:05] Reo Pugao’s journey to oral surgery

[03:58] Filling the Gaps in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

[07:24] TMJ Treatment Approaches Based on Patient Profiles

[10:02] The Evolution of TMJ Surgery: Materials, Reputations, and Advancements

[13:56] Reo Pugao’s favorite technology

[16:53] The Dynamic Landscape of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

[18:34] Reo’s advice to dentist pursuing orgal surgery

[20:14] Thoughts on interceptive orthodontics

[23:19] When to Intervene in TMJ Issues

[28:24] Interdisciplinary Care

[31:29] Diagnostic Injections for TMJ Pain

[34:14] Breaking the TMJ stigma

[37:53] Exploring the Latest Biomedical Research

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