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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

December 29, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:55 am
Smiling older woman enjoying the longevity of her dental implants

If you have one or more missing teeth, your dentist has likely told you that you should consider getting dental implants. But the treatment is a bit on the pricey side, so you naturally want to know more about it before you commit to anything. In particular, you may be curious about its lifespan. How long do dental implants last? Are they worth your money? Read on below to learn about the remarkable longevity of this procedure.


How Long Does Recovery Take After Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

November 21, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:00 am
Illustration of lower dental arch with wisdom teeth highlighted in orange

While the wisdom tooth extraction procedure takes place in just one appointment that is approximately two hours long, the recovery can last for 2 – 3 weeks after. If complications arise, it may take even longer to properly heal from the surgery. Keep reading below to learn more about how long you can expect the recovery from wisdom tooth extraction in Houston to take.


Your Third Molars: Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?

November 17, 2022

Filed under: Wisdom Teeth — Tags: , , , — Dr. Steve Koo @ 4:47 am
X-ray showing wisdom tooth that should be removed by oral surgeon in Houston

If you have ever experienced pain from the so-called wisdom teeth, you are probably wondering how they earned that name. They sure don’t feel all that wise. And why do humans develop wisdom teeth if they just need to be removed, anyway? Your oral surgeon in Houston is here to explain everything you ever wanted to know about wisdom teeth.


Can an Infected Tooth Kill You?

November 6, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:04 am
Woman with hand on face, suffering from a tooth infection

In March of 2007, the death of a 12-year-old Maryland boy made national headlines. What resulted in his tragic passing? An untreated tooth infection. While deaths resulting from dental problems are relatively rare, it is still important to be aware of the possibility. Read on below to learn how tooth infections can prove to be fatal and what you can do to protect yourself.


What to Know about Nitrous Oxide Before Your Next Procedure

October 9, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:05 am
Close-up of dials on machine that contains nitrous oxide

If you get a little nervous when it is time for you to undergo dental procedures, you might be a candidate for sedation. There are several forms of sedation, but one of the most common is nitrous oxide, which is otherwise known as laughing gas. It may be just what you need to breeze through your next appointment! Read on below to learn some basic facts about this type of sedation.


5 Amazing Benefits of Tooth Extractions

August 20, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 9:29 am
Woman holding tooth, enjoying benefits of tooth extraction

Your dentist wants to help you retain all of your natural teeth for a lifetime. Unfortunately, though, that isn’t always possible. In some cases, it is necessary to remove one or more teeth. If a tooth extraction is ever recommended for you, you can be confident that the procedure will be beneficial. Let’s talk about just a few of the advantages you can enjoy following this treatment.


Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?

August 8, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 9:00 am
Frowning woman, wondering if her wisdom teeth should be removed

The removal of the wisdom teeth is often considered a sort of rite of passage for young adults. However, not everyone goes through this surgery. Some individuals choose to keep their third molars because they are not currently posing a threat to their oral health. Other people never develop wisdom teeth! Why is that the case, and how can you tell if you have wisdom teeth? Let’s talk about this important topic.


Answers to 5 Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

July 11, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:36 am
Relaxed patient giving thumbs up for sedation dentistry

If dental procedures make you a little (or very) nervous, you may have thought about asking your dentist if sedation is right for you. Certainly, sedation has the potential to make it much easier for you to get through your procedures, whether you are undergoing a routine treatment or a complex oral surgery. Still, you may want to know more before you talk to your dental team about this provision. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry.


A Brief Guide to All-on-4 Recovery

June 19, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 7:24 am
Portrait of smiling woman after successful All-on-4 recovery

All-on-4 dental implants can replace an entire arch of lost teeth with as few as four dental implants. This efficient, streamlined treatment is one of the most cost-effective ways to restore a smile. However, it does require a surgery. What can you expect while you are on the mend from your procedure? Here is a brief guide to All-on-4 recovery:


Removing a Failed Dental Implant: What to Expect

May 1, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 9:40 am
Oral surgery team carefully removing a failed implant in Houston

Dental implants are successful in more than 95% of cases. However, in rare instances, they can fail, perhaps due to infection, trauma, or other unfortunate circumstances. If one of yours is no longer functioning as it should, your dentist or oral surgeon may determine that removing the failed implant is the best course of action. Let’s discuss what you can expect from this procedure.

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