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.
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January 29, 2016
The 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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January 10, 2016
In most cases, dentists put forth every effort to preserve natural teeth and avoid extraction. The one exception to this rule is wisdom teeth. This third set of molars is almost always extracted. There are numerous reasons why teeth are pulled including severe decay, gum disease, crowding, and severe fractures or breaks. Wisdom teeth are typically extracted for these same reasons, but these extractions are much more common due to the timing of wisdom teeth eruption. A hold over from an evolutionary period when teeth were much more likely to be damaged, third molars erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. Our ancient ancestors consumed coarse diets that damaged teeth, and they typically needed this third set of teeth at this point in their development. However, refined foods, better at-home oral hygiene, and regular preventive care, make these teeth essentially unnecessary. Thus, crowding, impaction (inability of tooth to erupt), tooth decay, and other issues are much more common as they relate to wisdom teeth.
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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.
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September 10, 2015
For 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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September 1, 2015
Oral 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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August 19, 2015
Your Houston Oral Surgeon Offers Anesthesia Options
Years of experience in the dental field has taught me a lot about people. I’ve learned about our values, our common goals, and definitely about our fears. Let me tell you, no one likes going to the dentist–but too many people avoid the dentist for fear. Unfortunately, this often leads to more serious issues, that are then more painful to solve. It’s a bad cycle, and it needs to be broken.
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