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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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5 Tips for Sleeping after Wisdom Tooth Extractions

April 19, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:12 pm
Woman on couch, sleeping after wisdom tooth extractions

Some discomfort is normal after wisdom tooth extractions. Swelling and soreness can make it difficult to get high-quality shuteye! However, it is important that you take some time to relax so your body can focus its energy on helping you heal. Here are some practical tips for sleeping after wisdom tooth extractions:

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BOTOX Is Booming During COVID-19 — Why?

February 1, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:50 am
Two pairs of hands inserting BOTOX into middle-aged woman

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, and other medical professionals have seen a sharp rise in the number of people requesting BOTOX injections. That might seem strange, especially since the pandemic has decreased the amount of time that most people spend with others, so appearance may seem less important. However, looking good is never a bad idea — and there are some solid reasons why BOTOX is booming at the same time as the coronavirus.

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Can I Drink Coffee After My Tooth Extraction?

January 2, 2022

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 9:24 am
Woman sipping on coffee after healing from her tooth extraction

For millions of people, coffee is part of their daily routine. If that is true of you, and you have an upcoming appointment for a tooth extraction, you might wonder if your procedure will affect your ability to enjoy your favorite caffeinated beverage. Sadly, you will have to abstain from coffee for a few days during your recovery. Let’s talk about why that is so important.

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Debunking 4 Myths about Tooth Extractions

December 29, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:50 pm
Patient smiling after learning truth behind myths about tooth extraction

If your dentist has informed you that you must have one or more teeth removed, it is understandable if you are nervous about your procedure. After all, there are a lot of myths about tooth extraction that may make you a little apprehensive. Let’s take a moment to debunk some of those myths so you can attend your extraction appointment as a confident, well-informed patient.

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5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Dental Implants

November 1, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:02 am
Older couple with dental implants enjoying a family dinner

2020 and 2021 certainly haven’t been the easiest years, but as 2021 winds down to its close, many families and individuals are pausing to consider the reasons they have to be thankful. Things like family and friends are rightfully among the top reasons for gratitude. But for millions of people, dental implants also belong on that list. Let’s talk about some of the many advantages of this tooth replacement treatment.

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Your Guide to Transitioning from Dentures to Dental Implants

October 3, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:22 pm
Senior woman smiling after making transition from dentures

If you have traditional dentures, you might have been grateful for them at first. After all, they brought back your smile and enabled you to eat a wider variety of foods. However, you might still feel like something is lacking. If so, you may want to make the transition from dentures to dental implants. Implants provide a much more lifelike form of tooth replacement. Let’s talk about what you can expect throughout your treatment journey.

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Do Dental Implants Stain Like Natural Teeth?

September 5, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:59 am
Woman covering mouth, wondering, “Do dental implants stain?”

The dental implant process requires a significant investment of time and money. Once your treatment is complete, the last thing you want is for your beautiful new smile to lose its luster. Therefore, it is only natural to wonder, “Do dental implants stain like natural teeth?” Let’s talk about the answer to this important question.

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5 Tips for Recovering from a Bone Graft for Dental Implants

August 7, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:21 pm
Illustration of block dental bone graft and dental implant

Successful dental implant treatment often depends on preliminary procedures that prepare the mouth to support the new teeth. One common preliminary procedure is bone grafting, which strengthens and enlarges the jawbone so it can bond well with dental implants. If your oral surgeon has recommended that you undergo a dental bone graft, it’s understandable if you are a bit nervous — but don’t worry. In this blog post, we explain what you can expect during your recovery and how you can stay as comfortable as possible while you are on the mend.

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Why Do I Need an Extraction if My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?

July 3, 2021

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:51 am
Illustration of forceps gripping tooth, preparing to perform tooth extraction

No one likes the idea of having a tooth extracted, but if your tooth is in pain, it may be easy for you to accept that it needs to be removed. But what if your tooth isn’t in pain and your dentist says it should be taken out? It is understandable if you hesitate to agree to the procedure. However, it is important that you seriously consider the recommendation. There are several good reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary even if you are not experiencing any discomfort.

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