July 22, 2019
If you’re searching for an oral surgeon in Houston on your own, the sheer number of choices may seem overwhelming. If your general dentist or physician recommends oral surgery, you may be tempted to schedule an appointment at whatever practice they refer you to, and typically, your dentist won’t lead you astray. However, we always advise patients to do some of their own research, too. After all, selecting an oral surgeon to perform advanced procedures should be 100% your choice. If you need an oral surgeon in Houston, you want to trust your smile to the best, but it’s not always an easy decision to make. Make sure you’ve found the right oral surgeon for you by keeping the following seven tips in mind and contact the Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team if you want to learn more about our Houston oral surgeons.
July 28, 2016
Have 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.
July 25, 2016
Root 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.
July 15, 2016
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.
June 8, 2016
Orthognathic 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.
March 21, 2016
Reconstructive 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.
February 15, 2016
Are 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.
January 6, 2016
Root 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.
January 1, 2016
While oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer a wide variety of services including preparation for dentures or braces, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder management, and other preparatory or preventive treatments, caring for patients following dental trauma is one of our primary purposes. During the additional training completed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, the majority of dentists spend time completing residency in a hospital setting. This hospital training gives dentists the opportunity to familiarize themselves with traumatic facial injuries and their treatments. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are often referred to as the link between dentistry and medicine, and this idea is never more clear than it is when treating traumatic oral or maxillofacial injuries in conjunction with general dentists and physicians. The goal of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and most general dental practitioners and medical doctors, is to provide patients the highest quality treatment to restore natural look, feel, and function.
October 26, 2015
Orthodontic braces are a common treatment to straighten misaligned teeth — we all know that. What you may not know, however, is that orthodontic surgery can often be a beneficial way to prepare the jaw to receive an orthodontic treatment, like braces. A variety of orthodontic surgeries are available to enhance the success of the orthodontics as well as the overall oral health of the patient. Read more to learn a little bit about the most common types of orthodontic oral surgery offered by Dr. Koo, your Houston oral surgeon at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.