If you have a broken or missing tooth, using implant dentistry is a great way to seamlessly replace it. While it is an effective and safe procedure, there is always a possibility that complications can occur after the implant is installed. If you happen to be feeling any pain or discomfort, you should schedule a visit with your dentist immediately. By understanding the potential complications with having a dental implant installed, you can help relieve the pain before the problem is fixed.
After the procedure is performed, it is possible to experience pain in the area around the implant, or even headaches. These complications could be happening for a variety of reasons.
An infection is a very common complication, as it may have formed in the implant's surgical site. This is caused by not cleaning the area properly, or your recovery habits following the surgery. There may also be damage caused to the nerve endings, which is from the dentist drilling into the socket of the tooth during the procedure.
If the implant was installed incorrectly, it might create a build up of pressure on the nerves in your gums. This can happen by having the implant installed close to a nerve or other natural teeth. The implant itself could potentially fracture as well, which is caused by excessive force when chewing or biting.
Providing Pain Relief
Depending on how severe your problem is, your implant might need to be removed and replaced. Until then, there are a few things that you can do to provide pain relief.
Ice is most effective if you have swelling in your jaw. Simply wrap some ice in a cloth to avoid skin burns, and place it on the affected area. Once swelling has gone down, heat is the best way to relieve pain. You can use a heating pad for 20 minutes at a time.
Olive oil is a completely natural way to help fight inflammation, as it will help reduce any discomfort and swelling. Massage it into the area where the implant was installed, and the surrounding gums. Garlic can help relieve pain caused from infections in a similar way. If you can stand the taste, rest a peeled garlic clove along the site of the infection.
By understanding the potential problems and how to provide pain relief, you will make your mouth feel less painful until you can see a dentist like one at South Florida Dental Arts.