Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Katy/Cypress Blog

How Can You Recognize a Failed Dental Implant?

April 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 4:36 pm
Man with mouth pain, concerned about a failed dental implant

Dental implants are consistently successful. In fact, they are known to thrive in upward of 95% of cases! Sadly, though, there are rare occurrences when they fail. How can you recognize a failed dental implant? How can you address the situation? Is there anything you can do to prevent dental implant failure? Read this blog post to find out.


What Are the Side Effects of BOTOX?

April 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 3:42 pm
Woman receiving BOTOX injection between her eyes

If you are eager to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance, you have probably at least thought about getting BOTOX. This treatment is well-known for its ability to reduce and prevent wrinkles in various areas of the face. Still, you might hesitate if you do not know how your body will react to the injections. What are the side effects of BOTOX? How can you decide whether to move forward with the treatment? Read this blog post to discover valuable information.


What Causes Sensitivity in a Dental Implant?

March 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 3:30 pm
Woman experiencing sensitivity in a dental implant

When a natural tooth experiences increased sensitivity, it is typically because outside stimuli are irritating its dentin, which in turn causes the tooth’s nerve to send pain signals to the brain. Dental implants, though, are different. They do not have any nerves, so it may seem very strange when they begin to feel sensitive. What causes sensitivity in a dental implant? Does it mean that your implant is failing? What should you do to address the situation? Read on below to find out.


Why Choose an Implant Dentist with a CBCT Scanner?

March 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 3:58 pm
Cone beam scanner in oral surgeon’s office

Many dentists and specialists offer dental implant treatment. However, not all of them have the same technology at their disposal. It is important to note what instruments they use so you can be sure that you will get the best care during every stage of your treatment. In particular, you should look for someone who uses a cone beam scanner (also called a CBCT scanner). Why should you choose an implant dentist with a CBCT scanner? Continue reading to find out.


Recovering from All-on-4 Surgery: What Can You Expect?

February 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 1:07 pm
Man relaxing on sofa after All-on-4 surgery

All-on-4 dental implants are one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to address extensive tooth loss. However, it does involve a surgical procedure, so you must be prepared to go through a healing period. What can you expect while you are recovering from All-on-4 surgery? This blog post provides a basic guide to the post-op experience.


5 Eye-Opening Facts about Oral Cancer

February 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 1:01 pm
Oral cancer awareness ribbon resting in palm of hand

Oral cancer seldom gets the attention it deserves. In fact, while a spotlight is often shined on other forms of this cancer, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer, oral cancer often seems to fade into the background. What should you know about this disease? Here are some eye-opening facts about oral cancer:


Do Dental Implants Set off Metal Detectors?

January 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 4:29 pm
Metal detector and luggage scanner at airport

Whether you are going to leave on a trip or entering a secured building, you may have to pass through a metal detector. While you might remove your belt, take your keys out of your pocket, and take other steps to prepare, you cannot remove your prosthetic tooth roots. Do dental implants set off metal detectors? Thankfully, you do not have any reason to worry. Read on below to learn why.


Can I Get Dental Implants if I Smoke?

December 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 4:08 pm
Cigarettes, a danger to dental implants, sitting in ashtray

According to an estimate published by the CDC, nearly 40 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. This activity is strongly associated with numerous health problems, including cancer, respiratory issues, oral health problems, and more. If you smoke, it is logical to wonder how your habit may affect your prospects for tooth replacement. Specifically, you might want to know how smoking could affect your candidacy for dental implants. Read on below to discover some useful information.


Am I a Candidate for General Anesthesia for Dental Treatment?

October 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 6:31 pm
Surgical team working while patient is under general anesthesia

Dental sedation comes in various forms. For some people, a mild solution like nitrous oxide is enough to help them get through their treatment without anxiety or discomfort. For other individuals, a more powerful option, such as oral conscious sedation, is preferrable. In rare cases, general anesthesia — the most potent form of sedation — is necessary. Are you a candidate for it? This blog post discusses what it is and who may qualify for it.


Beyond Anxiety Relief: Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

September 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Koo @ 4:14 am
Relaxed female patient enjoying the benefits of sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is often marketed as a solution for people who struggle with a fear of the dentist. Certainly, it can help you if the idea of undergoing oral procedures makes you feel nervous or afraid. However, even if are perfectly calm during dental appointments, it may be recommended for you. Let’s talk about a few benefits of sedation dentistry that go far beyond anxiety relief.

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