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How Your Oral Surgeon Keeps You Safe with Instrument Sterilization

July 30, 2020

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.


Chairside Suction — A Key to Clean Air in the Dentist’s Office

July 15, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:50 am
female patient at oral surgeon’s office holding suction tube

With the outbreak of COVID-19, many health-conscious patients are educating themselves about the measures that dental professionals take to maintain a clean, safe environment. One often-overlooked aspect of preventing the spread of illness in the dental office is chairside suction. We invite you to read this post to learn how chairside suction devices help to keep you and your oral surgeon in Houston as healthy as possible.


How Your Oral Surgeon Protects the Community from COVID-19

June 16, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:05 pm
oral surgeon’s COVID-19 screening questionnaire form under stethoscope

During this unprecedented time, every person has a responsibility to do everything within their power to fight the spread of COVID-19. Businesspeople, including oral surgeons in Houston, recognize that the policies they put into place can have a profound impact on the entire community. That is why they have strict safety protocols in place. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some specific steps they are taking to help protect their patients, team members, and fellow Houstonians from COVID-19.


Understanding the Different Levels of Face Masks

June 5, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:47 pm
oral surgeon wearing white ASTM medial face mask

A face mask seems like a relatively simple object. After all, all you have to do is secure it over your mouth and nose, and you are protected from COVID-19, right? Well, not exactly. There are several different types of face masks, each of which has a rating that gives insight into the level of protection it provides. In this blog post, we will discuss those ratings so you can better understand how your oral surgeon is keeping you safe and which type of face mask you should wear in order to protect yourself from contamination.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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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