Royal Dental Practice understands that the loss of teeth is not a “normal” part of aging. Along with her team, Dr. Roya Shoffet-Yaghoubian partners with patients in and around West Hills, California, to protect their teeth from the leading causes of tooth loss: dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease. If teeth are wrecked by decay or the effects of disease and other trauma, she uses tooth-preserving techniques. The removal of a tooth is usually a procedure of “last resort”; however, extraction may be the only way to eradicate severe oral infections and restore the health and function of the mouth.
We also help patients heal fast and comfortably following dental extractions. Our dental team provides clear instructions on care after tooth removal. We are also always here for you as questions or concerns arise. To support the most predictable, uneventful recovery, we encourage patients to watch for the following symptoms:
Our after-care recommendations accommodate the above side effects and prevent complications such as a dry socket. Notably, it is vital to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms at the extraction site. If this site is disturbed, it can produce intense pain (dry socket). Typically, a dry socket arises between the third to fifth-day post-treatment. You can protect your healing mouth by not practicing any behaviors or actions that can dislodge the clot. These behaviors include vigorous rinsing, brushing, probing of the site, and the use of straws.
Wait for bleeding to stop before consuming cool, non-carbonated beverages (again, don’t use a straw). Yogurt, ice cream, pudding, and other cold and soft foods are excellent options for the first day. As tolerated, you may introduce firmer or harder foods; however, until the mouth has fully healed, avoid nuts, seeds, popcorn, and other items that can become lodged in the extraction site.
For more information about the dental extraction process, we encourage you to call us with your questions and schedule an appointment at Royal Dental Practice. Our team can be reached at (818) 334-6655, or you can request an appointment online.
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