Ever leave the dentist and come home to find that your mouth is sore and the pain just won’t go away? This is a common occurrence that happens to most people after they undergo a dental procedure, but luckily, there are things that can help alleviate that pain while your mouth heals.
- Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen: The most common pain reliever on the market. Brands such as Advil and Tylonel are great for helping to relieve minor to moderate aches and pains and are safe to use provided that each patient reads and follows the label correctly. Stronger versions of these medications can be prescribed by the dentist and doctor for more severe pain, but the majority of patients will be fine with the over the counter variety. This medication is especially recommended to patients who have undergone surgical treatments and are advised to stay clear of Asprin as a pain relief as it can cause bleeding and disrupt the healing process.
- Ora-Jel: For topical applications, the over the counter brand Ora-Jel is recommended because of the ingredient benzocaine, which helps to numb the area. Like with any medication, always read and follow the label for best results, as certain age groups may not be allowed to have this product.
- Saltwater Rinse: This is not meant to be done straight after a procedure, but once 24 hours has passed, patients can swirl a homemade saltwater rinse around in their mouth. To make this, add one table spoon of salt to an 8oz glass of water and swirl the mixture repeatedly around in your mouth, making sure to focus in on the area you want to treat. Spit the water into the sink afterwards, as it is not meant to be swallowed due to its high salt content. Do this 2-3 times a day, especially after meals, for the most effective results.
Dentists will often explain what to do and what not to do after a procedure has been done on their patient. There may be things not mentioned on this list that they will suggest doing. Seeing as they know you and the procedure the best, it is recommended to follow their instructions on how best to alleviate your pain. Pain that is constant, severe, and will not go away warrants a trip back to the dentist or even to the emergency room depending on the severity as soon as possible as it may be a sign of infection.