Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Root Canals vs. Tooth Extractions: Comparing Your Options

May 29, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:01 pm
Woman in yellow blouse, suffering from a toothache

If a tooth is causing you pain, you should certainly seek professional care as soon as possible. After a thorough exam, your dentist will make a treatment recommendation that will end your toothache and get you back on the road to a healthy smile. They might urge you to get the tooth extracted or undergo root canal therapy. Is one option better than the other? This blog post compares root canals vs. tooth extractions.


An Oral Surgeon Talks about Botox as a Treatment for Migraines

May 9, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 2:46 pm

botox injectionBotox is famous for its ability to help people turn back the clock and recapture some of their youthful glow. However, this remarkable substance is being used more and more often as a treatment for migraines. How does it work to relieve chronic head pain? Is it a safe way to reduce the occurrence of migraines? Your oral surgeon in Houston is here to talk about these important questions.


7 Tips to Find the Best Houston Oral Surgeon (Updated)

May 1, 2023

Filed under: Oral Surgery — Dr. Steve Koo @ 7:00 am

If you’re searching for an oral surgeon in Houston on your own, the sheer number of choices may seem overwhelming. If your general dentist or physician recommends oral surgery, you may be tempted to schedule an appointment at whatever practice they refer you to, and typically, your dentist won’t lead you astray. However, we always advise patients to do some of their own research, too. After all, selecting an oral surgeon to perform advanced procedures should be 100% your choice. If you need an oral surgeon in Houston, you want to trust your smile to the best, but it’s not always an easy decision to make. Make sure you’ve found the right oral surgeon for you by keeping the following seven tips in mind and contact the Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team if you want to learn more about our Houston oral surgeons.


12 Ways to Prepare for Oral Surgery

April 22, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:18 am

5 tips on what to do before oral surgery. We do our best to make visiting our oral surgery practice a positive experience, but we know that getting ready for any surgery can be stressful. That’s why we want to put your mind at ease by helping you feel 100% prepared before the day of your procedure. In this post, we go through some tips to help you improve your experience before, during, and after your oral surgery. The good news is that most oral surgeries are outpatient procedures, so you’ll only need to plan on spending one day (usually only a few hours) at our office. Read on to find 12 ways you can prepare for your oral surgery!


What Are Some Reasons for Root Canal Retreatment?

April 15, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 6:55 pm
Frowning dental patient, concerned about root canal retreatment

In most cases, root canal therapy is a one-time treatment. It has the potential to provide a lifetime of restored function to a badly damaged tooth! Unfortunately, though, there are some cases where a tooth must undergo a second root canal. What are some reasons for root canal retreatment? What can you expect during the procedure? Read on to learn the answers.


Hyoid Advancement for Sleep Apnea: The Basics

April 2, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 5:19 pm
Illustration highlighting hyoid bone in neck

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, nonsurgical intervention is usually the preferred course of action. Things like small lifestyle changes and a custom oral appliance can do much to improve nighttime breathing. But what if your condition is severe? Your care provider might recommend that you undergo a procedure known as hyoid advancement for sleep apnea. What does the surgery involve? How can it protect your health? Read this blog to find out.


Is Surgery Necessary Before Getting Dentures?

March 30, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:35 am
Oral surgery team carefully working on patient

If you are missing all or most of your teeth, you are probably contemplating the prospect of getting dentures. Prosthetic teeth have the potential to renew your smile and restore your ability to eat most foods. But what can you expect throughout your treatment journey? Is surgery necessary before getting dentures? In some cases, yes, surgery is an important stepping stone on the path to a recompleted smile. Read this blog post to learn more about this aspect of the treatment process.


Extraction Aftercare: 6 Tips from an Oral Surgeon

March 27, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:24 pm
woman relaxing, following instructions from oral surgeon in Houston after extraction

Dentists try to help patients retain all of their natural teeth for as long as possible. However, in some circumstances, one or more extractions become necessary. This may occur due to a variety of reasons, including advanced decay, impacted wisdom teeth, or the need to make room for orthodontic treatment. If you know you will soon need to get a tooth extracted, it is important that you prepare to care well for your mouth following your procedure. Here are some tips from an experienced oral surgeon in Houston to help you do just that.


How Your Oral Surgeon Keeps You Safe with Instrument Sterilization

February 28, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 2:52 pm
sterilizing instruments for use in dental implants procedure

Proper dental instrument sterilization has always been of paramount importance in oral surgery clinics. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused many people to wonder about the safety and cleanness of the objects in and around their mouth during dental and oral surgery appointments. There’s no need to worry. Whether an oral surgeon is inserting dental implants in Houston into a patient’s jawbone, performing a consultation, or doing anything else, they are careful to ensure that the instruments they use are properly sterilized. Would you like to learn more about how they do so? In this post, we’ll discuss some of the basics of how your oral surgeon’s team cleans their tools.


How Can You Recognize a Failed Dental Implant?

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 6:40 am
Worried woman holding hand on her cheek

Dental implants are a remarkably successful treatment. In fact, they thrive in more than 95% of cases! Unfortunately, though, there are rare instances when they fail. How can you recognize a failed dental implant, and what action should you take to address the situation? Continue reading to discover the answers.

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