It’s probably not something you think about very often, but more people than ever are getting oral cancer. Awareness surrounding the disease remains critically low, and your Houston oral surgeon, Dr. Steve Koo is working on improving outcomes following oral cancer diagnoses by emphasizing the need for regular screenings. Did you know you can give yourself an oral cancer exam at home? It’s easy — read on to learn how.
Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Blog
May 10, 2017
A root canal treatment isn’t high on your “want to do” list, but if you ever do have to have one, that’s actually good news — it means a severely damaged or decayed tooth can be rescued. Houston oral surgeon, Dr. Steve L. Koo performs efficient, successful root canals at Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. What causes a person to have to have a root canal? And how can you stay away from needing one at all? We take a closer look at these and other questions regarding root canals in this week’s blog post.
May 9, 2017
No one ever wants to have a tooth removed, but extraction is more common than you might think. Whether it’s due to injury, decay, or simple genetic factors, there may come a time when you, too, need tooth removal. Your oral surgeon at Piney Point OMS, Dr. Steve L. Koo, performs comfortable, efficient tooth extractions when they are needed to protect oral and overall health. Learn more about why removal is sometimes necessary, and how the procedure works, below.
April 13, 2017
Patients who are eligible for dental implants in Houston can look forward to a high quality, long lasting tooth replacement. Dental implants complete a smile like nothing else, and Dr. Steve Koo and the team at Piney Point are true leaders in implant dentistry. First, we prepare for dental implants, then place them in the jawbone, and after a healing period of six months to one year, we restore them with the final prosthetic. Keep reading to learn what you can expect from the dental implant surgery and preparatory procedures.
April 10, 2017
If you often feel like saying “ouch” upon opening your mouth, or if you hear a click or pop with every bite you take, it’s time to take a load off your TMJ. When something’s off with the alignment of your jaw joint, you’ll definitely feel the pain. Doing some exercises can help, and so can taking smaller bites and applying moist heat to the jaw. Once you’ve tried everything and still haven’t found relief, it’s time to visit your Houston oral surgeon for TMJ therapy, Dr. Steve L. Koo.
April 1, 2017
If you have wisdom teeth, you’re probably thinking there’s nothing very “wise” about them. There is rarely enough room for the teeth to emerge properly, and impaction or infection are likely to occur. Don’t panic if you need to have wisdom tooth extraction — at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer comforting sedation dentistry to help you receive the care you need without any pain. With a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation or general anesthesia, wisdom tooth extraction is nothing to fear.
March 12, 2017
If you need oral surgeon in Houston, you want to trust your smile to the best. But it’s not an easy decision to make. The team at Piney Point OMS has 5 tips for helping you make the right choice — and they begin with checking with your general dentist, your insurance, and then performing some internet research.
March 8, 2017
Many people go their entire lives without needing oral surgery — but for others, the time will come when surgery is the recommended approach to protect oral and overall health. It’s especially common for older teens, who often require wisdom teeth removal. So, is it time for you to schedule an oral surgery? Let’s take a look at some of the most common procedures for your oral health.
March 7, 2017
There’s an ache in the back of your jaw, and you wonder if it’s your wisdom teeth telling you it’s time to come out. Why do we have wisdom teeth, anyway? While our methods of technology and transportation have evolved rapidly over the past few hundred years, our mouths haven’t as much. Some things — like those wisdom teeth — still remain. Not everyone has wisdom teeth, but people who do are likely to experience problems with these third molars. If they do emerge, impacted or infected wisdom teeth make you feel anything but wise — unless you make the right decision and choose an oral surgeon in Houston to perform wisdom tooth extraction!
February 8, 2017
You’ve had a dramatic underbite your entire life. It’s always the first thing you notice whenever you look in the mirror or see a picture of yourself. You had braces as a child to make your teeth straighter, but they did little to actually correct the position of your jaw. What can be done about it? You’ve heard you can get it fixed with corrective jaw surgery, but that sounds very dramatic, is it really necessary? Today, Dr. Thomas Weil, a Houston oral surgeon, is going to discuss why you might need to get corrective jaw surgery. (more…)