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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January 8, 2016
The 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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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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January 1, 2016
While 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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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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