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Your Third Molars: Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?

August 17, 2016

Filed under: Wisdom Teeth — Tags: , , , — Dr. Steve Koo @ 4:47 am

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If you have ever experienced pain from the so-called wisdom teeth, you are probably wondering how they earned that name. They sure don’t feel all that wise. And why do we develop wisdom teeth if they just need to be removed, anyway? Your Houston oral surgeon explains everything you ever wanted to know about wisdom teeth in this installment of the Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery blog!

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Oral Surgery in Houston: When Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

June 14, 2016

oral surgery in houstonTeeth 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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Wisdom Teeth Removal: When Tooth Extraction is Necessary

January 10, 2016

young female patient preparing for wisdom teeth removalIn 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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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

January 8, 2016

Woman visiting her oral and maxillofacial surgeonThe 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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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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Houston Oral Surgeon Expert in Wisdom Teeth Extractions

October 21, 2015

Woman comfortably receiving wisdom tooth extraction from your houston oral surgeonIf you’re past the age of 12, you probably think you’re through losing your teeth. But did you know we can actually grow teeth until age 21, and even beyond? Our wisdom teeth are usually pretty late bloomers — and unfortunately, their existence can also cause a host of problems in an otherwise healthy mouth. Your Houston oral surgeon at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has performed a significant number of wisdom tooth extractions, and is here today with a little more information on the common procedure.
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How to Choose the Best Houston Oral Surgeon

September 20, 2015

man with facial injury needs the houston oral surgeonWhen it comes to choosing the right cereal people have almost limitless possibilities. Rather than feeling daunted by the task of choosing, consumers have the ability to make numerous low-stakes investments to find the cereal they like best. What’s the worst case scenario if you buy a box you don’t like? Throw it out and loose $4. What’s the worst case scenario if you trust your oral health to the wrong surgeon? Days, weeks, months, or years of pain? $100 to $100,000 in surgery and treatment? Choosing a Houston oral surgeon will never be as easy as choosing a box of cereal because the stakes are much higher. It’s worth investing the time and effort into learning more about local surgeons before you make a decision that could impact the rest of your life. Read on to get some tips on choosing oral surgeons from the professionals at Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, or call to schedule a surgical consultation today.
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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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Houston Oral Surgeon For Superb Care

September 1, 2015

man receives treatment from the best Houston oral surgeonOral 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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Houston Oral Surgeons Remove Wisdom Teeth

July 20, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-147919405At Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Houston, TX, Dr. Steve Koo and Dr. Thomas Weil often extract wisdom teeth. Also called third molars, your wisdom teeth are located far back in your mouth and are the last set of teeth to come in, usually between the ages of 17 and 25 years of age. They are called wisdom teeth, because there was a time when this age range was considered maturity, or the “age of wisdom.” And why do we have wisdom teeth? One theory is that our human ancestors needed these teeth in order to be able to chew their food, which consisted of uncooked, hard items such as roots, nuts and meat. Now, however, the human jaw is smaller and can rarely provide adequate space for wisdom teeth. Therefore, wisdom teeth extraction is usually recommended. (more…)

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