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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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What to Expect During Wisdom Tooth Recovery

November 3, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:15 am
Woman relaxing at home during wisdom tooth recovery

Wisdom tooth extractions are a common procedure. Every year, countless teenagers and young adults get their third set of molars removed. Even many older adults undergo this treatment. Do you have upcoming wisdom tooth extractions? If so, it is only natural if you have questions about how the procedure will affect your life while you are recovering. Let’s talk about what you can expect during wisdom tooth recovery and what you can do to speed up your healing process.

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5 Types of Dermal Fillers that Can Help You Turn Back the Clock

October 22, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 2:33 pm
Relaxed woman receiving dermal filler from oral surgeon in Houston

Are you thinking about investing in a dermal filler treatment? These minimally invasive procedures can help you get rid of wrinkles and sagging skin, and they can give more fullness to areas of the face that could use a little plump-up. There are numerous dermal filler options on the market today — which one should you choose? An oral surgeon in Houston is here to discuss some popular options.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Take to Heal?

September 22, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:31 pm
Illustration of implant, abutment, and crown being placed in jaw

Any dentist or oral surgeon in Houston will tell you that dental implants are the best way to replace lost teeth. Not only are implants sturdy and long-lasting, but they also bolster jawbone health and enable their owners to eat virtually anything. However, one of the downsides of dental implants is their relatively long treatment timeline. Exactly how long does the process take, and how long will it be before your mouth is healed following your implant surgery? Let’s discuss these important questions.

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I’m Getting My Teeth Pulled — When Can I Get Dentures?

September 8, 2020

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:41 am
Man wearing implant dentures after visiting Houston oral surgeon

Decay, trauma, gum disease, and genetics can all contribute to the need for tooth extractions. If your dentist recommends that you get a significant number of your teeth removed, it is understandable that you are eager to rebuild your smile. You may ask, “How long will it be before I can get dentures?” As a Houston oral surgeon explains, the answer to that question depends largely on the type of denture you are going to get.

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