ADA Accessibility Information


(832) 975-0990

University Periodontal Associates

Our entire Houston dental implant and periodontic team share in Dr. Dennison's commitment to excellence in patient care and enthusiasm to pursue the continuing advances in implant, periodontal (gum disease) and sedation dentistry. Care and concern for our patients is not only the foundation of our practice, but it is the standard that sets us apart.
(832) 975-0990

Visa, Discover, American Express, MasterCard, CareCredit, Dental Insurance



3100 Richmond AveSuite 509

How Drinking from Straws Can Affect Your Gum Recovery Following an Extraction

Posted on 6/25/2018 by Dr. Dennison
Straws University Periodontal Associates TX 77098After you have been to see us for a tooth extraction, it may take a few days before you are feeling up to eating solids again. In the interim, many patients drink soups and other liquids for nourishment.

While this can be a great idea, you do need to keep in mind that a straw can hinder the healing process. Here is more information on why you might want to think twice before you reach for that straw.

Sutures Are Fragile

Remember, an extraction is a surgery, and a surgery will usually use some form of suture to close the wound and aid in healing. Some of these sutures, depending on a number of factors, may be prone to coming out more easily than you may think.

When you suck on a straw, it creates suction that pulls the liquid up the straw. But it also pulls on the tissues inside of your mouth. Under normal conditions, this is no big deal: the liquid moves up the inside of the straw much easier than your mouth tissues move around.

However, when you have sutures, this may not be the case. Depending on a number of things, you might find that the suction removes the sutures from the site, slowing down the healing process.

Of course, the same is true for the blood clots that form around the wound. Actually, these clots are even more susceptible to being disturbed when you use a straw. Long story short, using a straw is probably not a good idea while you are recovering from your extraction.

Ask Us If You Have Any Questions

Of course, we are here to help you with the entire extraction process. This means that we're available to talk at any time, and we welcome any questions. Give us a call, or come see us, and we'll help you understand everything about the extraction process.

University Periodontal Associates
3100 Richmond Ave,
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: (832) 975-0990


Home  | Our Practice  | Services  | Dental Implants  | For Patients  | Contact  | David Dennison, DDS  | Testimonials  | Seattle Study Club  | X-Guide  | Sedation  | Dental Implants  | Preventive Dentistry  | Cosmetic Gum Contouring  | Gum Disease (Periodontitis)  | All-On-4 Treatment Concept  | Dental Cleanings  | Examinations  | Sealants  | Community Activities  | Patient Forms  | Resources  | Dental Videos  | Dental Blog  | Dental Technologies  | Why We're the Experts  | Placement  | Cost  | 3D Imaging  | 3D Navigation  | Osseointegration  | Bridges Vs. Implants  | All-On-4 Treatment Concept  | Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

Copyright © 2014-2018 University Periodontal Associates and WEO MEDIA. All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links