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.
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June 15, 2016
Are 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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June 14, 2016
Teeth 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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May 19, 2016
Are you getting ready for an upcoming oral surgery in Houston? If so, we want to remind you there’s absolutely no need to worry — with our list of options in anesthesia, we promise you won’t feel anything at all. Current offerings in anesthesia and sedation make modern oral surgery more comfortable than ever before. Make yourself aware of the types of anesthesia offered by Dr. Steve L. Koo and Dr. Thomas M. Weil at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
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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 27, 2016
Hypodontia 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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January 22, 2016
Chemotherapy 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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January 18, 2016
When 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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January 14, 2016
For 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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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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