Dental implants are a great method of tooth replacement. They are beautiful and function just like a real tooth.
However, because a surgical procedure must be put in place for implants, there will be a pain after the surgery is over.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the pain as your implant heals:
Take any prescribed or recommended painkillers or relievers.
First and foremost, it’s vital that a patient takes any painkillers or relievers recommended or prescribed by a dental professional or oral surgeon. Take these based on given dose and instructions. These may be especially necessary for the first few days following the surgery.
Eat softer foods or liquid meal replacements.
It’s already necessary that after a dental implant surgery, one resorts to consuming soft foods and liquids (and doesn’t drink through a straw yet) while the implant is healing. However, these softer options also reduce pain. Chewy, sticky, and hard foods are vital to avoid as these could cause a significant amount of pain and harm the healing process.
Apply an ice pack to the aching areas.
To decrease pain quickly, apply an ice pack or frozen bag of food to the painful area(s) certainly helps reduce swelling and numb the pain. However, don’t leave ice on any part of your body for more than 20 minutes at a time. Leave it for 20 minutes, remove it for 20 minutes, and then replace for 20 minutes if necessary. For best results, use ice alongside taking pain relievers.
Soak your mouth with a mixture of warm water and baking soda.
Soaking your mouth (do not swish yet) with warm water and baking soda helps reduce pain and swelling. It even enhances the healing process by reducing oral bacteria in the mouth. A daily soak of this mixture would be useful. This is also recommended for oral sores, infections, and general oral pain.
If your pain is excruciating, not going away, or getting worse over the course of time, it’s vital to speak with your oral surgeon or another dental professional as soon as you can to ensure an infection or other oral-related problem is not occurring as a result of your oral procedure.