What is a dry socket?

Q: I’ve heard people talk about getting a dry socket. What is it?
A: Sometimes, following a tooth extraction, the remaining socket can be slow to heal. This is a dry socket, technically known as alveolar osteitis. Dry socket problems typically begin two or more days after an extraction, and they can be very painful.

The dentist will cleanse the dry socket and place a medicated dressing in it, which will help relieve the pain. Sometimes the dentist will have to change the dressing every day, until the pain subsides and the socket heals. The patient may take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen.

Dry sockets are fairly uncommon, with wisdom teeth being the most frequent site. Factors leading to dry socket include smoking, taking oral contraceptives and not following your dentist’s directions for post-extraction care.


Dr. Natalie Khadavi
sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

Q: I’m thinking about getting veneers. I’ve heard veneers are fragile. Will having them affect what kinds of food I can eat?
A: Veneers are an excellent way to improve your smile. They can correct gaps between your teeth, cover misshapen or discolored teeth, and more. But veneers will never be quite as strong as your natural teeth, and they do require some special considerations. Having veneers won’t require you to make radical changes to your diet, but you will have to adjust your eating habits somewhat.

You should avoid using your veneers to chew really crunchy food, like hard nuts, or really sticky food, like taffy. If you are eating a crunchy food like an apple, slice it up first so you can chew it with your back teeth instead of biting into it with your veneers. Only a trained dentist can tell you if you are a good candidate for veneers and what may be special considerations for your particular case.
Dr. Natalie Khadavi
sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

LA Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty returns to play this week after being sidelined since October 20th with a concussion. Doughty told the LA Times that a few “little minor” concussions have kept him off the ice in the past, and he’s finally ready to start wearing a mouthguard.

“I’m not a fan of the mouthguard. I should be,” he said. “The team is trying to get me to wear it, so I think I’m going to start wearing one now… I’m going to have to get used to it real quick here. Concussions are a bad thing.”

If you participate in sports, especially a rough sport like hockey, you definitely need a mouthguard. Don’t wait until you break a tooth or suffer from an avoidable concussion like Drew Doughty. Visit us today! We can make one designed especially for you in whatever color you choose.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

Now accepting Denti-Cal

We are pleased to announce that we are now a California Medi-Cal Dental Program (Denti-Cal) provider. Children (under age 20) have unlimited benefits for all services, including cleanings, fillings and extractions. Adult patients (over 21) are covered for all emergency services.

If you’re a member of the California Medi-Cal Dental Program, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to see you.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

"Do athletes have a higher cavity risk?"

Q: I’ve heard that athletes have a higher risk for cavities. Is this true?
A: Yes, it’s true. Athletes have a high risk for cavities, for several reasons. In order to build up their energy, many athletes consume high-carb or acidic foods like nutrition bars and sports drinks. They will often consume these foods in the middle of working out or during a break on the field, and then they resume exercising. As they exercise they’ll breath hard through their mouths, which reduces saliva production and leaves them more vulnerable to decay.

If you’re an athlete, you should take special precautions to protect your teeth. Brush and floss with extra care, and chew sugarless gum after meals to help cleanse particles of food from your teeth. Talk to your dentist about possible treatments, like a fluoride program.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi
sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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