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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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TMJ Disorder: Exercises to Alleviate Pain

January 29, 2016

Man doing jaw exercises for tmj disorderThe name of our practice is Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, but for some of the patients who visit us, surgery isn’t the best option. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is actually a variety of dysfunctions of the TMJ, and there are numerous effective methods for treating TMJ disorders. In most cases, we are able to offer conservative, non-surgical treatment options for TMJ sufferers. We often partner with knowledgeable physical therapists to train patients to exercise their jaw muscles and joints in order to relieve pain and restore optimal function.
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What You Need to Know about Chemotherapy and Your Mouth

January 22, 2016

smiling chemotherapy patientChemotherapy has a number of well-known side effects including fatigue, nausea, muscle pain or weakness, and hair loss. What patients don’t always realize is that cancer treatments also affect their oral health. Like many other systemic diseases that are intricately linked to oral health, caring for your smile throughout chemotherapy improves your overall health during care. The expert team at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is happy to help you care for your smile throughout chemotherapy.
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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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What Injuries are Treated by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

January 1, 2016

Broken teeth in need of an oral and maxillofacial surgeonWhile 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.
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A Post-Operative Guide from the Oral Surgeon Houston Trusts

November 7, 2015

man resting with ice pack after oral surgery from the oral surgeon houston prefersAt Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Houston, our dedicated team of oral surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technologies to ensure patients experience minimal discomfort during surgical procedures, but for many patients, managing pain and oral health care following an operation can be a challenge. Our team offers patients a post-operative guide to ensure they understand the best way to manage pain, bleeding, hygiene, and other health concerns following surgery.
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How to Choose the Best Houston Oral Surgeon

September 20, 2015

man with facial injury needs the houston oral surgeonWhen it comes to choosing the right cereal people have almost limitless possibilities. Rather than feeling daunted by the task of choosing, consumers have the ability to make numerous low-stakes investments to find the cereal they like best. What’s the worst case scenario if you buy a box you don’t like? Throw it out and loose $4. What’s the worst case scenario if you trust your oral health to the wrong surgeon? Days, weeks, months, or years of pain? $100 to $100,000 in surgery and treatment? Choosing a Houston oral surgeon will never be as easy as choosing a box of cereal because the stakes are much higher. It’s worth investing the time and effort into learning more about local surgeons before you make a decision that could impact the rest of your life. Read on to get some tips on choosing oral surgeons from the professionals at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, or call to schedule a surgical consultation today.
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Piney Point the Go-To Practice for Houston Oral Surgery Emergencies

September 10, 2015

man with a soccer injury needs the houston oral surgery experts in emergency careFor patients in Houston oral surgery can’t always be prepared for. Facial trauma, oral infection, and sports accidents happen every day leading people to seek treatment from the talented team at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Drs. Thomas M. Weil and Steve L. Koo are the go-to Houston oral surgeons. Our team is on-call with many local hospitals, and depending on the severity of the dental damage, we are available 24/7 to treat emergency patients in our practice or at a local emergency care facility. Call to find out more about Houston oral surgery for dental emergencies, or to schedule a surgical consultation at Piney Point Oral and maxillofacial Surgery.
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Houston Oral Surgeon For Superb Care

September 1, 2015

man receives treatment from the best Houston oral surgeonOral surgery may sound a little scary, but it’s a necessary and often life-altering step taken to improve the health, function or appearance of your teeth. With that in mind, we think it’s about time you know a little more about what we do here at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery — read on to learn all you need to know about your Houston oral surgeons.
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