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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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Are Dental Implants an Option for Congenitally Missing Teeth?

January 27, 2016

woman with a beautiful smile after treatment to replace her congenitally missing teetHypodontia refers to a person who does not develop one to six teeth. Third molars, wisdom teeth, are the most common congenitally missing teeth, but even excluding these teeth, nearly 10% of people are effected by hypdontia. Other commonly missing teeth are maxillary (upper jaw) laterals, the teeth on either side of the front teeth, and mandibular (lower jaw) premolars, the teeth on either side of the canines. For patients who do not develop these teeth, ordinary activities like chewing and speaking present increased challenge.  At Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer numerous tooth replacement and orthodontic options to restore smiles.
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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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The Implant Retained Dentures Houston Relies On

January 18, 2016

woman with a beautiful smile thanks to implant retained dentures in houstonWhen it comes to tooth replacement, the options may seem overwhelming or confusing: crowns, crown and bridge, full dentures, partials, dental implants. The list could go on, but at our Houston, TX oral surgery practice, Drs. Thomas Weil and Steve Koo recommend dental implant tooth replacement for the most secure, durable, versatile tooth replacement available. Thanks to our knowledgeable team, more patients than ever are able to receive the dental implants Houston residents rely on. For Houston dental implants done right, call Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.
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Am I a Candidate for the All-On-4 Dental Implants Houston Trusts?

January 14, 2016

Man with a beautiful smile thanks to dental implants houston residents rely onFor years, patients with decreased bone density following tooth loss have been unable to receive smile restoration with dental implants. Thanks to the skilled oral surgeons at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, more Houston residents than ever before can receive durable, long lasting tooth replacement. Drs. Thomas Weil and Steve Koo offer All-On-4 dentures that, as the name implies, support a full denture all on four dental implants. Call our Houston, TX dental practice to find out more today.
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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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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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Your Houston Implant Dentist Uses Latest Technology

August 24, 2015

Woman with beautiful smile thanks to houston oral surgeon and dental implantsThe oral surgeons at Piney Point strive to give you the best in oral surgery, and that means we work hard to stay on top of the latest in dental technology. We also like to keep you informed of everything we’re doing to keep your teeth strong and healthy. With that in mind, we’d like to tell you about a new, safer method we have of planning for and placing your dental implants. It’s called the Iluma Cone-Beam CT Scanner, but in simpler terms, it’s a safer, quicker way for us to see an accurate three-dimensional image of your critical anatomy.
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