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Why Summer Is a Great Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

June 30, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 2:19 pm
Extracted wisdom teeth on table next to dental instrument

Has your dentist informed you that you should get your wisdom teeth removed? It can be easy to postpone the procedure, especially if you are not experiencing any unpleasant symptoms. After all, you may dislike the idea of setting time aside to heal from your surgery. But it is important that you comply with your dentist’s recommendation. Plus, summer is a great time to get your wisdom teeth extracted. In this post, we’ll discuss why that is the case.

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Enjoy All of Your Favorite Summer Foods with Dental Implants

May 28, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:27 am
Senior couple with dental implants grilling summer foods

Summertime is chock full of mouthwatering foods. Plus, with the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, this summer and next summer are bound to present lots of opportunities for social eating. Sadly, though, you might not be able to enjoy all of your favorite seasonal treats if you have suffered a degree of tooth loss. Dental implants can help! This sturdy, long-lasting form of tooth replacement can equip you do dig into summer foods without worry.

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3 Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

April 27, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:55 am
Teenage boy in striped shirt experiencing wisdom tooth pain

The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars at the back of the mouth. For some people, they serve as a functional, problem-free part of their smile. For others, however, they can lead to serious dental health issues. This is particularly likely if they are fully or partially impacted (stuck beneath the gumline). Let’s talk about how wisdom tooth pain and other warning signs indicate that it may be time to get your wisdom teeth extracted.

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3 Reasons for Wisdom Tooth Removal

March 24, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 9:48 am
Illustration of mouth that needs wisdom tooth removal

Most people get their wisdom teeth removed when they are in their teens or early 20s, but some people hesitate to commit to the procedure. They may wonder if wisdom tooth removal is really necessary. Of course, it is ultimately up to you to decide whether to get them taken out. However, you should be aware of the risks that come with keeping your wisdom teeth in place. You may suffer from infection, cysts, and damage to your other teeth.

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Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

February 23, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:39 am
"Oral cancer" in white lettering, circled by red

More than 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and nearly 10,000 people die from it. Sadly, though, oral cancer does not get the attention it deserves. Many people even wrongly conclude that they are not at risk for it! Let’s talk about some of the primary risk factors for oral cancer and what steps you can take to protect yourself from it.

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6 Useful Tips for Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery

January 15, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:25 pm
Woman enjoying soup while recovering from wisdom tooth removal

Wisdom tooth removal is a common type of oral surgery, and countless patients get through the entire experience every year without encountering any problems. You can join their ranks! If you have an upcoming wisdom tooth extraction procedure, applying the following tips will minimize your risk of postoperative complications and facilitate a speedy recovery.

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Dental Implant Post-Op: Answers to 5 Common Questions

January 3, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:45 am
Woman relaxing at home after dental implant surgery

Do you have an upcoming dental implant surgery? It’s understandable if you have lots of questions about what to expect after your procedure. Your oral surgeon will be happy to talk to you about any concerns you have. In the meantime, you can check out this list of five common questions that patients ask about the post-op experience.

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How to Enjoy Your Year-End Festivities After Oral Surgery

December 20, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:01 pm
Man enjoying dinner with family after oral surgery

Most people regard the last few weeks of the calendar year as a time for recreation and relaxation. You might be observing certain holidays, spending time with friends and family, or just relaxing at home while you watch your favorite movies. However, you might also take advantage of time off from work or school to undergo that oral surgery you’ve been needing. Don’t worry—your procedure doesn’t have to rob you of your enjoyment. Here are some tips to help you have a great time during your December festivities even while you are recovering from oral surgery.

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

December 15, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:07 pm
Wisdom teeth illustration with DNA molecules in background

Millions of wisdom tooth extractions are performed each year around the world. In fact, the procedure has come to be regarded as a sort of rite of passage for many teenagers and young adults. Since wisdom tooth removal is so common, it makes sense to ask, “Why do we even have wisdom teeth in the first place?” Let’s talk about the answer to that intriguing question and discuss why wisdom teeth extractions are necessary for most people.

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Do I Really Have to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

November 15, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:28 am
Illustration of mouth in need of wisdom teeth removal

You probably know friends or family members who have had their wisdom teeth removed. You may remember that their mouth was swollen afterward, and they had to temporarily eat soft foods. The idea of going through the same surgery yourself might seem a little intimidating. It is only natural if you wonder if wisdom teeth removal is really necessary in your case. Your dentist or oral surgeon is really the only person who can answer that question. However, in this blog post, we’ll discuss in general terms why wisdom teeth extractions are important for most people.

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