Posted on: 20 September 2016
If you had dental implants installed today and are experiencing some post-operative pain, then you will be happy to learn that there are some things you can try to get some relief while your sensitive gum tissues heal, such as:
Mix-Up a Saltwater Rinse
A warm saltwater rinse after your implant surgery is very soothing for your gums around your surgical site. To make a saltwater rinse, mix together some warm water and salt in a glass. Swish the solution around in your mouth for a minute or so and then spit it into the sink. Repeat this as often as you would like. As an added bonus, the saltwater provides some antiseptic protection against potential infections.
Brew Some Hot Tea
Hot tea is beneficial for two reasons when you have dental pain. The first reason is that the warm tea is soothing for your gums. The second reason is that the tannins contained within the tea are natural pain relievers. If you are experiencing a high level of pain, then you can place the wet tea bag directly against your gums for added pain relief.
Use a Topical Anesthetic Gel
The same topical anesthetic gel that is used to help babies with teething pain can also be used on your gums after your dental implant surgery to help relieve your pain. If you have a baby in your household, then you can use their teething gel, and it will work fine. If not, you can purchase adult dental pain anesthetic gel over-the-counter at any local pharmacy. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the tube of medication, and if you do not feel a lot better in a day or two, then you should seek professional help.
Call Your Dental Surgeon for Excessive Post-Operative Pain
Finally, it is not necessary to be a warrior after your dental implant surgery and fight through any excessive post-operative pain. If you have tried each of the strategies above and are still experiencing a lot of pain, then you should contact your dental surgeon to have them check your surgical site to ensure there aren't any unforeseen problems.
If the pain you are experiencing is caused by an infection, then your surgeon will give you a prescription for an antibiotic. If the pain is not caused by an infection, then your dental surgeon can give you further advice and possibly write you a prescription for a pain medication to provide you some short-term relief.
For more information, contact Chen Sharon DMD PC or a similar dental professional.Share