Monday, April 25, 2016

Dentatonix = dentistry + lots of music love :)

When I think back on hobbies that randomly changed my life, two come to mind..

1) high school yearbook
2) acapella

And now when I think about it, I've actually been doing choir/acapella for a longg time now. I started out singing in choir in high school as a freshman, and joined the women's acapella group in my junior year. When I got to Berkeley, one of the major reasons I actually went to Berkeley was that the Golden Overtones, the only women's acapella group, was so so cool. I just wanted to be a tone :) And when I got there, I spent one year living that life, and eventually switched to a co-ed group with a (fortunately for my pre-dent life) decreased time commitment.

So that comes out to... lets see.. add the 2.. carry the 1.. TEN YEARS OF ACAPELLA!!

That is almost half of my life. It's weird, because now, acapella and singing have just become integral parts of my life. Most recently, I decided not to do an event because there's just not enough time to balance everything else that needs to happen in the next couple of months..

But here's a little musical trip down memory lane :)

D1, 2014 - The year Dentatonix was born! ASB Variety Show - One Republic Medley

D2, 2015 - The year we performed at the school's 50th Anniversary Gala, and added "Somebody to Love" to our set

Same set with "Somebody to Love", just a little more comfortable in our scrubs :)

Yup, I'm a huge acapella dork and it's been a lot of fun.. :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Maxillary Sinus Lift Workshop

Over the weekend, the periodontal and implant orgs put on an implant workshop where we learned how to do sinus lifts on goat heads.

You may be asking, what is a sinus lift? Well in order to place implants, there needs to be a certain depth of alveolar bone available for the implant to have stability within the jaw bones. The only issue for implant placement in the maxilla (upper jaw) is that there are sinuses, or air-filled spaces, that comprise your midface, and if the floor of the maxillary sinus is too low, then an implant may not have the sufficient height of bone necessary to be placed. So in these instances, a maxillary sinus lift literally goes and lifts the floor of the sinus, and replaces that negative space with bone graft so you can come back and place an implant.

Pretty cool stuff :) It's always nice to take something that you've learned about in class and physically do it. Though random sidenote, an interesting quality you learn to develop as a dental student is to take something that is pure theory/fact in your mind, and learn to execute it with baseline proficiency the first time.. since your test subjects are always people, you don't really have any other choice. It's a strange kind of situation - I mean, we all practiced our first injections on our classmates, learned how to administer nitrous on each other, had to drill on a real tooth for the first time on a live human.. etc.

Fortunately, I think we put enough pressure on ourselves to simply not mess up (too badly), and kind of level up through the years in terms of the ability to bridge that knowledge-to-practice gap a little more seamlessly. Plus, as a student, there's always faculty or someone around to bail you out in case anything does go wrong.. Though I guess this doesn't exist once you start taking CE courses, etc and are responsible for yourself in the "real world".

Speaking of the real world, that's right around the corner for me. I wonder what it will be like..