Dr. Lee (Mac) Whitesides, DDS, MMS
is Board Certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
. Dr. Whitesides is a native North Carolinian who moved to Georgia after completing his undergraduate work at Davidson College in 1984. He enrolled in the Allied Health School at Emory University to pursue a master’s in medical science degree in anesthesia. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Dr. Whitesides began working as a physician’s assistant in anesthesia Crawford Long Hospital. He is only one of the two oral-maxillofacial surgeons in the United States who currently hold a Masters Degree in Anesthesia and is Board Certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
A prolific writer, Dr. Whitesides has published over 20 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is an author of two book chapters.
Dr. Whitesides lectures on many contemporary topics in oral-maxillofacial surgery including Dental Implants, Trauma, and Risk Management
. He is currently on the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia Maxi-Course and the California Implant Institute
View Dr. Whitesides' Expert Witness Profile
- Distraction Osteogenesis - Alveolar Distraction Osteogenesis for Dental Implants, Mandibular Advancement, Mandible Reconstruction, Mandible Widening
- Dental Infections / Pathology
- Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery
- Wisdom Teeth and Extractions
- Platelet Rich Plasma
- Dental Implants - One Day Teeth, All on Four, Bone Grafting
Oral cancer is the sixth most common malignancy diagnosed in the United States. It represents 3 to 5% of all cancers in America. This translates in over 43,000 new cases of oral cancers yearly (1996 figures). In 1996 in the U.S., there were 8,260 deaths directly attributed to oral cancer. In the state of Georgia, 680 new cases of oral cancer were diagnosed, and 190 deaths occurred from oral cancer in 1996.
As dentistry becomes more competitive, dentists are increasingly looking at unique ways to separate their practices and develop a niche. One such niche lies in the offering of patients' sedation and/or general anesthesia, commonly called "sleep dentistry" during the dental treatment. Since studies show 30% to 50% of Americans avoid the dentists because of fear issues, providing such a service appears to serve a need.
A new complication from treatment with bisphosphonates has become an important disease condition for the dental professional to recognize. Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) manifests itself as devitalized exposed bone in the maxillofacial region. Patients may be considered to have BRONJ, if all three of the following are presented simultaneously:
Injuries to the inferior alveolar and lingual nerve continued to be a significant source of litigation for the dental professional. Approximately 10% of cases of dental malpractice are a result of nerve injury. Perhaps the genesis of the high number of lawsuits proportional to the overall number of surgeries lies in the sequelae of a nerve injury. The sequelae can range from relatively minor annoying numbness to intractable pain and the anesthesia to the area of the nerve supply.
Supernumerary teeth in the absence of syndromes such as cleidocranial dysplasia or Gardner's is a rare event1-3. The most common supernumerary tooth is the mesiodens which appears in the maxillary midline.3 The exact etiology of supernumerary teeth is unclear but many theories exist in an attempt to explain why extra teeth are present in some individuals.