Severe periodontal disease and the loss of multiple teeth to untreated cavities can significantly hamper your overall oral function. Even the teeth that remain might be so severely compromised that it is only a matter of time before they too are lost.
If the underlying bone structure in your mouth has also been compromised, you might not be a viable candidate for dental implant restoration. In a case like this the oral care specialists at Smiles Santa Monica might recommend fitting you for a complete denture.
The first step in the process often calls for extracting your remaining teeth. If you opt for a full sedation extraction, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. Afterward, Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar might also prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain medication to help you remain comfortable as your periodontal tissues heal.
You might want to stick to a diet of softer foods. This will reduce the irritation on your healing gums while also reducing the overall load on your jaw muscles. It could prove helpful to stock up in advance on applesauce, yogurt, rice, and soft fruits. When drinking beverages try not to use a straw. The suction could potentially pull blood clots from an incision site.
It’s completely natural for the healing extraction sites to occasionally bleed a little. Lightly biting down on some sterile gauze can help control the bleeding. You can then clean your mouth by gently rinsing with a little lukewarm saltwater.
If you live in the Santa Monica, California, area and you are interested in denture, you should call 310-829-0808 to schedule a consultation at Smiles Santa Monica today!