Mouth pain is common after visiting the dentist, especially to those who don’t brush or floss on a regular basis and come to the dentist with their gums already inflamed. However, this discomfort usually disappears in less than an hour after leaving the dental office. Other procedures, however, such a root canal therapy, can leave an ache in the patient’s mouth for sometimes days after the procedure. Luckily, there are ways to minimize the discomfort, such as those listed below:
- Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen: This is the most common type of pain reliever that most go to for everyday body pains such as headaches. It’s also one of the easiest to get since the medication is available over the counter at most grocery stores and does not require a prescription. Always be sure to read and follow the label for dosage and safety tips.
- Ora-Jel: Some patients have a hard time swallowing pills, so for them, there is ora-jel, a topical gel that is placed directly on the tooth for fast, targeted relief. As with the pills, always read and follow the label for dosage and age restrictions regarding the product.
- Saltwater Rinse: Keep in mind that this one is only able to be done 24 hours after the dental procedure. Mix one tablespoon of salt with 8oz of water, then swirl it in your mouth and spit into the sink. Do not swallow. Repeat this 2-3 times a day to maximum healing and discomfort relief.
- Avoidance: If you generally chew on your left side and the procedure was done there as well, switch it up and chew on the opposite side to avoid any pain and discomfort. Hot drinks such as coffee and cold ones like ice water can also aggravate a dental injury, so it’s best to stick to room temperature water if your thirst needs to be quenched, and soft foods like yogurt, jello, and mashed potatoes to quell your hunger.
- Rest: Nothing will heal the body more than bed-rest. Staying relaxed and stress free promotes healing and will get you back on your feet faster than if you push yourself to do all of your normal activities.
Your dentist may have some other recommendations for you regarding pain management. If excessive swelling, bleeding, or pain occurs, get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible.