How to decrease or eliminate discomfort during dental work

By henley.tabal
March 15, 2022

Woman with aching jaw holding an icepack isolatedNo one likes to deal with pain and discomfort after their dental procedures. In fact, most procedures are performed to alleviate pain from infection, decay, or damaged teeth. With this in mind, patients are encouraged to ask their dentist about their upcoming procedure and what they can expect for discomfort. Managing pain after these treatments is critical to ensuring proper healing and optimum comfort. At Montefiore Medical Center, we provide aftercare instructions for our patients to follow to decrease or even eliminating pain and complications following their dental procedures.

What are some ways of reducing pain after procedures?

Below are a few recommendations that you may hear from our team following your dental visit at Montefiore Medical Center:

  • Ice packs. Ice packs are a great way to alleviate pain and swelling. By using an ice pack on the side of the mouth that you procedure was performed, you can restore some comfort. Wrap the ice pack in a thin cloth and use for 15 minutes in the area of pain. Remove the ice pack for another 15 minutes before replacing. Use as needed to manage discomfort.
  • Follow aftercare instructions. Many of the instructions given to patients after their appointment are recommended to reduce discomfort and pain. It can also help in reducing the risk of infection, which can cause a whole other issue within the smile if it develops.
  • Salt water rinses. Using salt water as a mouthwash following your treatments can help facilitate healing and prevent infection, which in turn can cause pain and discomfort.
  • Use over-the-counter pain medications. Most over-the-counter medications used to manage pain can be used to get over the discomfort associated with dental procedures. In some instances, the dentist may prescribe stronger pain medications if needed.

Call Montefiore Medical Center today

With our team of providers, we can help you achieve a healthy smile. If you are in need of upcoming dental work and want to find ways of reducing pain and discomfort, now is the time to speak to our team. Call (888) 700-6623 to schedule your consultation visit and discuss your dental needs with our team of professionals.

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