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The Right Way to Wear a Face Mask

May 13, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 2:24 pm
woman in sweater carefully putting on face mask

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that everyone wears a face mask in public settings. Some businesses are even requiring that customers do so. Indeed, there is no doubt that a mask can do much to protect you and those around you from potential contagions, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But a mask is only effective if you wear it wear it correctly. Here are some guidelines to help you make sure that your facial covering is doing its job.

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Keep Your Hands Clean to Beat COVID-19

May 12, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:31 pm
washing hands with soap and water to beat COVID-19

When COVID-19 began to spread, many people flocked to supermarkets to buy hand sanitizer and hand soap. There is no doubt that these items can play a pivotal role in helping you to stay healthy throughout this pandemic season — but only if you use them properly. The team at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our patients and the community in general. That is why we have put together this simple guide on how to keep your hands clean.

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Dr. Koo Donates Thousands in Dental Work to Pasadena Woman in Need

February 12, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:27 am
older woman making heart hands

Think about your morning routine. If you’re like a lot of people, once you get up, you start making coffee, and then you munch on some cereal, toast, or maybe a small breakfast bar before you grab a cup and rush out the door. Now, imagine you had to take whatever you wanted to eat, put it in a blender, and turn it into mush, because you can’t actually chew it. This was the reality for Sharon Tillotta, a Pasadena woman who was missing most of her teeth. The remaining ones were either broken or failing, and she didn’t have the funds to replace them because her husband was spending a lot of time in the hospital due to both kidney and heart disease. She was in a desperate situation that didn’t seem to have an end, and that’s when Bill Spencer, Dr. Terri Alani, and our own Dr. Steve Koo decided to help.

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12 Ways to Prepare for Oral Surgery

January 22, 2020

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!

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How Long Does Recovery Take After Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

September 25, 2019

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:00 am

While the wisdom tooth extraction procedure takes place in just one appointment that is approximately two-hours long, the recovery can last for two to three weeks after. If complications arise, it may take even longer to properly heal from a wisdom tooth extraction. Keep reading to learn more about how long you can expect the recovery from wisdom tooth extraction to take.

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Tips for Healing After Wisdom Tooth Extractions

September 23, 2019

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 3:16 pm

The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that often show up beginning in late adolescence. When these teeth appear, they can cause real problems — including impaction, infection, and other issues. A big part of a successful wisdom tooth extraction procedure is what you do at home while you heal. Your oral surgeon in Houston recommends taking it easy and letting the healing happen naturally, but there are some things you can do to speed up the recovery process and get back on your feet sooner.

Prepare for your wisdom tooth extraction recovery before your surgery. Schedule your surgery to take place when you have a few days off for recovery. After the procedure is complete, you will undergo a recovery period of about 2 weeks if everything goes correctly. Planning ahead will ensure that you’re prepared for a restful, relaxing recovery.

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What Does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Do? (Updated)

July 22, 2019

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:30 am

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who have years of additional training and experience focusing almost completely on the bone, skin, and muscles of the face, mouth, and jaw. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have unique knowledge and expertise that exclusively qualifies them to diagnose and treat a host of functional and cosmetic conditions affecting this area of the body. If you’re searching for a qualified and compassionate oral health specialist, call to schedule an appointment with our team of specialists in Houston at Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.

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

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.

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An Oral Surgeon’s Take on What’s Causing Your Migraines

February 19, 2019

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 7:53 am

senior woman sitting on a bench outdoorsMany people deal with chronic headaches or migraines. In fact, as many as 4 million adults suffer from frequent head pain, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Are you one of them? If so, you may wonder if you will ever find a solution to the problem. As your oral surgeon in Houston knows, the first step is identifying the cause.

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How an Oral Surgeon in Houston Can Help an Orthodontist

December 16, 2018

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 3:55 pm

portrait of a smiling family at homeAn orthodontist is a dental specialist who is in charge of improving the alignment of the teeth with braces, Invisalign clear aligners, or any other treatment that repositions misaligned teeth. Most of the time, an orthodontist can do their job without needing the help of another type of specialist. However, in some complex cases, an oral surgeon can help to create the right environment for orthodontic treatment to take place. Keep reading to learn more about when an orthodontist may seek the help of an oral surgeon in Houston — and what to expect if your treatment case requires this outside assistance.

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