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Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Staff Sgt. Mozer Da Cunha, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, enters the Barksdale Dental Clinic for an appointment to receive a prosthetic molar, April 4, 2019. It took nearly a year of dental work, including a surgical bone graft, for Da Cunha to be medically ready to have the implant procedure completed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, uses a cast dental impression to demonstrate how a prosthetic tooth will replace the right mandibular second molar and align with the other teeth of the lower jaw at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. The procedure consisted of a surgically implanted metal post in the jaw, an abutment which serves as an extension of the post and a prosthetic tooth, which attaches to the abutment piece. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, makes preparations to install a prosthetic molar in the lower jaw of Staff Sgt. Mozer Da Cunha, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. The dental implant consists of a metal post implanted into the jaw, an abutment which serves as an extension of the post and the prosthetic tooth, which attaches to the abutment piece. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, evaluates his patient for the insertion of a prosthetic molar at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. A dental implant consists of a metal post surgically implanted into the jaw, an abutment which serves as an extension of the post, and the prosthetic tooth, which attaches to the abutment piece. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, uses a drill to even out the edges of a prosthetic molar at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. Sherwood inspected the patient's mouth and the remaining teeth in the lower jaw to ensure the implant could fit comfortably and be correctly attached to the surgically implanted metal post. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, prepares to install a prosthetic molar in the lower jaw of Staff Sgt. Mozer Da Cunha, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. Sherwood inspected the patient's mouth and the remaining teeth in the lower jaw to ensure the implant could fit comfortably and be attached correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

A prosthetic molar is surrounded by other dental tools during an implant procedure at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. Dental implants are made from different materials to include titanium and titanium alloys, while prosthetic teeth can be made from porcelain, hard resin or even plastic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, reviews X-rays of a dental implant in the lower jaw of Staff Sgt. Mozer Da Cunha, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. Sherwood inspected the placement of the implant and how the prosthetic tooth would align with the other teeth in the lower jaw before making final adjustments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options

Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, uses an implant screw driver to affix a prosthetic molar into the lower jaw of Staff Sgt. Mozer Da Cunha, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. After tightening the prosthesis into place, Sherwood used a hardening dental filling to cover the screw hole in the molar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Residency program provides Airmen dental implant options
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Capt. Matthew Sherwood, 2nd Dental Squadron dental resident, explains post-procedural care for the dental implant and prosthetic molar inserted into the lower jaw of Staff Sgt. Mozer Da Cunha, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, at the Barksdale Dental Clinic, April 4, 2019. Dental implants require proper care to ensure the longevity of the prosthesis and surgically implanted metal hardware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

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The 2nd Dental Squadron's residency program provides Airmen a variety of general dentistry and surgical options to include orthodontic procedures and dental implants. Staff Sgt. Mozer Da Cunha, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, takes the final step to have his dental implant procedure completed. 

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