No one likes to deal with pain from dental procedures, but it's almost impossible to avoid. Depending on the invasiveness of the procedure, the pain from it could be minor or quite severe.
Procedures that require incisions or removal of teeth can be some of the most painful. However, there are ways to avoid dental pain following a procedure.
One of the main ways to reduce dental pain after a procedure is to use ice packs. Ice packs will reduce your swelling and help reduce the pain you feel. To properly use an ice pack, make sure that it is completely frozen before you begin. Next, try to wrap it in a thin cloth or old T-shirt.
The cloth will protect your skin from damage. Once the icepack is secured in a cloth, place it on the area of pain for up to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the ice pack and wait 15 minutes before using it again. We suggest putting the ice pack back into the freezer while you wait to use it again.
Other Ways To Reduce Pain
Another way to reduce dental pain is by performing proper dental care following a procedure. Of course, it's important to follow any directions you may receive after a procedure, but the quicker you're able to brush and floss again, the quicker you will recover. Following most procedures, you may be able to start taking care of your mouth by swishing salt water to prevent infection. As you heal, you'll be able to brush and floss again. Reducing the amount of bacteria in your mouth will help with inflammation and pain.
If you have pain that lasts more than two weeks after a procedure, it's important to contact our office immediately. Lasting pain is a sign of an infection, and you will need to be examined as quickly as possible. Once an infection spreads, fully healing isn't possible. If you're interested in more ways of dealing with pain after a dental procedure, give our office a call. We will be happy to provide more information!
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