Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs can perform a wide array of oral surgical treatments. This includes tooth extractions, denture preparation, and restoring a missing tooth with a dental implant. These treatments typically involve some alteration of the gums and other periodontal structures.
Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs and his staff will provide you with specific recovery instructions, to help minimize recovery complications and chances of infection. This will likely include any necessary prescriptions for anti-inflammatory, pain management or antibiotics medications.
You should note that certain lifestyle choices could also complicate the recovery process and lead to infection in the incision site. Things like drinking from a straw or using tobacco should be avoided. The suction could potentially pull a blood clot loose, traumatize the healing gums, or lead to a condition known as dry sockets.
The heat, tar, and other chemicals that are introduced to your mouth by smoking or chewing tobacco can severely irritate healing oral tissues. If you have a surgical treatment scheduled with Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs and his staff you might want to talk to your primary physician about a tobacco cessation program.
If you are scheduled to have an oral surgery performed at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates in Tomball, Texas, and you have a question, you can always call 281-205-4717 to speak to our dentist or a member of his staff.