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Orthognathic Surgery: What Is It? What’s It For?

June 8, 2016

oral surgery in houstonOrthognathic 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.

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Types of Anaesthesia for Your Oral Surgery in Houston

May 19, 2016

oral surgery houstonAre 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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Reverse Signs of Age with Juvederm®

February 23, 2016

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juvederm houston txTo prevent the signs of age, you can wear sunscreen, get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated… but the truth, is you’ll experience some amount of wrinkles no matter what. There’s no way to prevent the signs of age that occur on delicate facial tissue, but you can reverse wrinkles and rejuvenate your look with Juvederm treatments in Houston TX. Keep reading to learn more about this quick, wonderful option for a more youthful appearance.

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Everything You Need to Know About IV Sedation

February 2, 2016

iv sedationStaying informed of your choices can help you to have the best possible outcome from your upcoming oral surgery. Among a whole list of sedation options, one of the most common methods for relaxing through an oral procedure is with IV sedation. Keep reading to learn more about this top anaesthetic option.

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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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