If you have worn dentures for an extended period of time, then you may begin to experience slight bone loss. This bone loss can disrupt the entire fit of your dentures. This will often lead to pain and swelling. In order to fix this issue, your dentist may perform a bone augmentation. This involves placing new bone in the areas that have experienced bone loss. Once the operation is done, you may experience inflammation. This is normal and will get better as you recover. Since recovery can often take a few days or weeks, there are a few tips that you can use in order to get rid of this inflammation and ease discomfort.
Use an Herbal Analgesic Rinse Daily
Many herbs like chamomile and cloves contain natural analgesic properties. This means they can ease pain throughout the body. A simple rinse can be made out of either herb by steeping the it in a cup of hot water. It is best to allow the herb to steep overnight. However, if you are in a rush, then you should give it at least an hour to steep before using it. Once the herb is done steeping, work the rinse throughout your mouth and direct it towards your surgical areas. These are the areas that will develop the most inflammation after surgery. Hold the rinse around these areas for at least a few minutes before spitting. Do not rinse your mouth with water or drink any fluids right after using the analgesic rinse, or it will be washed away before having any effect.
Keep Your Surgical Sites Cold
If you do not have any herbs or pain relief medicine, then the easiest way to control or reduce your inflammation is through cold temperatures. When a cold temperature is applied to a wound or irritated area, it helps reduce blood flow to this area. This reduction in blood flow will reduce inflammation. You can keep your surgical sites cold by applying a cold compress. Wrap a few ice blocks in a thin, clean cloth. Apply the cloth directly against your surgical sites and hold it there for several minutes. You may initially feel a slight numbness or pain. However, the longer you hold the ice there, the more that your discomfort will go away.
A bone augmentation is the best way to make sure that your dentures have enough bone support. However, the inflammation that follows can be a pain to handle. Therefore, use these tips and talk to an oral surgeon like those at the Altoona Center For Oral Surgery & Maxillofacial Surgery to help you get this under control.