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Worried About Oral Cancer? Here’s What to Look Out For

September 15, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 9:13 am

older woman on a sunlit porchOral cancer — maybe it’s not something you think about very often, but regular screenings for the disease are absolutely vital for public health. Incidences of mouth cancer are increasing, and not just in older patients. More and more young, otherwise healthy people are undergoing oral cancer treatment every year.


Is It Safe to Remove an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:05 am

tooth extractionWhile it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, there are some parts of the body we can just sort of… do without. Like the appendix, gallbladder, or wisdom teeth. When any of these start to act up, it’s painful — especially the last one. A wisdom tooth can easily become impacted, or stuck beneath the gums.


Myth vs. Fact: Know the Truth About Root Canals

September 11, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:36 am

family relaxing by the poolThere’s a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to root canal therapy — the most common of which being that it’s a really painful procedure.

The truth is, these days, root canals really don’t hurt. Don’t believe us? We get to why (and the actual truth) below. This week’s blog post separates fact from fiction regarding root canals!


Why Do Some People Have Problem Wisdom Teeth & Others Don’t?

August 18, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:57 am

My oral surgeon performs wisdom teeth extraction. Problematic wisdom teeth can affect everyone — even people who have never had a cavity before in their lives may need to have them extracted. The wisdom teeth are the third molars that often erupt in the teenage/early adult years. Not everyone has problems with their wisdom teeth, though. Why is that? It has to do with the size of your mouth and the position of the teeth. Keep reading to find out more about why.  


Advantages of Root Canal Therapy vs. Tooth Extraction

August 16, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 3:33 pm

Root canal therapy saved my tooth. If you have a seriously infected or damaged tooth, your options for getting out of pain and back to good oral health may be root canal therapy vs. tooth extraction. Which option is best? 9 times out of 10, the answer is definitely the former. Keep reading to find out why it’s wise to choose root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, whenever possible.


5 Jaw Exercises for Overcoming That TMJ Pain

August 12, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 3:35 pm

My oral surgeon treated my TMJ pain. Chronic jaw pain is uncomfortable at best and debilitating at worst. Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) may ache due to misaligned teeth, facial trauma, or for many other reasons. Fortunately, relief is possible. Before or alongside professional treatment, the experts recommend certain jaw exercises to strengthen and relax the muscle. We have listed the top 5 exercises below — keep reading to find out how you can get relief from a clicking, popping, aching jaw.


What to Do About a Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction?

July 31, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 2:30 pm

She’s smiling big after a tooth extraction. At Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common procedures we perform. While most tooth removals occur without complication, sometimes a dry socket forms during the healing process. If you are getting ready for a tooth extraction, taking some time to learn about signs, symptoms, and treatment for dry socket can help you be prepared in the event it happens to you!


Houston Oral Surgeons Most Qualified for Implant Placement

July 11, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:52 pm

Old couple riding bicycles together

As more and more dentists are adding dental implant placement to their list of services, it is increasingly important to take the time to research and make sure you are choosing an expert that’s best suited for the job. Your Houston oral surgeons would like to share the results of a recent study that show the public and patients agree that oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified for dental implant placement.


7 Habits That Are Harming Your Teeth

July 10, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Piney Point OMS @ 2:58 pm

Woman staring at her computer while holding her coffee cupMaybe you brush and floss just like you’re supposed to, but you could be doing significant harm to your teeth without even realizing it if you’re guilty of one or more of these 7 habits. Find out what they are — and how to start breaking them!


Headache Behind the Ear? Maybe It’s Time for TMJ Treatment

June 6, 2017

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:27 pm

happy couple smiling and hugging

If you have chronic headaches that pound right behind your ear, that could be your body trying to tell you there’s something off with your TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is the network of ligaments, muscles, and bones that help your jaw to open, close, and move from side to side. If something goes awry with the way it lines up, you’ll probably feel it in the form of chronic jaw, head, neck, or ear pain. Fortunately, TMJ treatment provides relief for many people.


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