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What To Do If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out

July 28, 2016

oral surgery in houstonHave you experienced facial trauma in the form of a knocked out tooth? If so, don’t panic due to your dental emergency. The most important thing to do after a knocked out tooth is to remain calm. After you lose a tooth, take the necessary first steps (detailed below) and get in touch with the team at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery immediately. Oral surgery in Houston is likely necessary to ease the pain and repair your smile.

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Apicoectomy: Seek Oral Surgery in Houston When Root Canal Treatment Fails

July 25, 2016

Filed under: Oral Surgery — Tags: , , , , — Piney Point OMS @ 6:25 am

oral surgery in houstonRoot canal treatment may fail for reasons that are beyond the control of your dentist or endodontist. While the procedure does have a high success rate, there may be canals or branches within the tooth that are impossible to detect. The infection spreads to these areas, causing you to feel continued pain in the tooth. You have options when a root canal fails: tooth extraction, retreatment of the tooth, or apicoectomy. Dr. Weil and Dr. Koo perform apicoectomy at Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Continue reading to learn more about the oral surgery in Houston.

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Which Anesthesia Option Is Right for You?

July 15, 2016

Filed under: Oral Surgery — Tags: , , , , , , — Piney Point OMS @ 7:02 am

So you’re preparing for oral surgery in Houston — now how do you determine which option in anesthesia is right for you? The answer depends on your age, your level of health and anxiety on the day of your appointment, and, of course, the procedure being performed. Take some time to read about your options in sedation dentistry and you will be more prepared to discuss your options with your oral surgeon in Houston.

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Looking for an Oral Surgeon in Houston? Here’s What to Look For!

June 15, 2016

Filed under: Oral Surgery — Tags: , , , , , , — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:19 am

oral surgeon in houstonAre you looking for an oral surgeon in Houston? We know it can be an overwhelming decision. Should you take your dentist’s recommendation, or branch out on your own? Consult friends and neighbors, or trust online reviews? We’ve got some ideas for helping you make the very best decision — because when it comes to your oral health, you can never be too careful. Keep reading for our top tips on choosing your Houston oral surgeon!

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Oral Surgery in Houston: When Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

June 14, 2016

oral surgery in houstonTeeth may need removal for a number of reasons, from extensive damage to serious decay or infection. Extraction is sometimes the only method for easing the pain of an aching tooth. The decision on whether or not to extract a tooth is ultimately up to your dentist — keep reading to learn more about this type of oral surgery in Houston, including when and why tooth extraction may be necessary for your smile.

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Orthognathic Surgery: What Is It? What’s It For?

June 8, 2016

oral surgery in houstonOrthognathic surgery is a procedure that improves the way your jaw functions. The surgery may be necessary when jaw alignment affects facial appearance, the ability to eat and speak, or for improving severe under- or overbites. Keep reading to learn more about orthognathic surgery to prepare for your upcoming oral surgery in Houston.

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What You Need to Know Before Reconstructive Jaw Surgery

March 21, 2016

Filed under: Oral Surgery — Tags: — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:56 pm

reconstructive jaw surgeryReconstructive jaw surgery, known as orthognathic surgery, is used to realign your jaw to correct certain skeletal abnormalities. For those needing jaw surgery to straighten or align the jaw, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, like Piney Point, will perform the surgery using surgical plates, templates, and wires to move the jaw into its correct alignment. There are a number of reasons the jaw may need to be realigned, such as due to birth defects, TMJ pain, trauma to the jaw, or bite problems. No matter the cause, Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will provide the individualized treatment needed to align your jaw properly.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal: Why Choose an Oral Surgeon?

February 15, 2016

oral surgeonAre your newly-erupted wisdom teeth causing problems like impaction or infection? Are they causing orthodontic issues by crowding your other teeth? There are a number of things that can go wrong when these third molars decide to erupt — and when problems occur, extraction is most often the preferred choice to restore oral health. But who should perform the removal? While a regular dentist is qualified to complete a wisdom tooth extraction, we advise visiting an oral surgeon for expert care with your wisdom teeth removal.

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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

January 8, 2016

Woman visiting her oral and maxillofacial surgeonThe short answer is a dentist with additional training. The long answer is a dentist with at least 4 years of surgical training following completion of doctoral studies as well as any number of additional certifications in hospital based anesthesia, neuromuscular dentistry, prosthodontics, dental implants, and many other specialized services. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the dentists who know the structures and functions of the face thoroughly, and understand how they work together to accomplish every day functions like chewing, speaking, and smiling. To find out more about oral and maxillofacial surgery in Houston, read on or contact the experts at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
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What is an Apicoectomy?

January 6, 2016

man with a toothache after root canal needs an apicoectomyRoot canal infection occurs when the interior portion of the tooth is infected. Root canal treatments have a bad reputation for being extremely painful, but actually, the pain occurs due to the infection. The pulp layer of teeth contains all of the nerves. Thus, when this interior layer is infected, the nerve is directly affected causing severe pain. Root canal treatment removes the infected tissue, and significantly alleviates pain. In most cases, root canal infection is adequately treated with this removal of infected tissue, but in rare cases, traditional root canal therapies fail. When this occurs, tooth extraction is the most often recommended solution, and in some cases, patients may even undergo a second traditional root canal. However, a better treatment option to retain natural teeth without further damaging the crown of the tooth, is apicoectomy. An apicoectomy is the correction of failed root canal treatment by accessing infected tissue through the root structure rather than the crown.
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