Are you getting a dental implant to fix a missing tooth? While the procedure is very safe and effective, know that there is the possibility of having a complication due to the surgical procedure. You should closely monitor your discomfort and visit your dentist at the first sign of a complication. Doing so can help prevent problems and relieve pain.
You could have pain around the place in your gums where the implant was installed, or even experience a general headache as a result of a complication. These problems are often caused by an infection in the surgical site of the dental implant.
Infections can happen from not keeping the surgical site clean according to your dentist's directions or not following other post-surgical care that is necessary. You could also have nerve damage that was accidentally caused while drilling into your jawbone.
An incorrectly placed implant can cause pressure to build up in the place where nerves are located under the gums. This problem is prone to happening if the implant was placed too close to a natural tooth or a nerve. You can also have issues where the implant fractures after you put an excessive amount of force on the implant when chewing.
A worst-case scenario would require removing the problematic implant and replacing it. Unfortunately, they can take time to schedule and will not provide you with immediate relief.
Ice is an effective way to reduce swelling that is happening with your jaw. You'll need to use ice that is wrapped in cloth, which should help prevent skin burns from occurring. Place the ice on the troublesome area until swelling has been reduced. You can then switch to heat to deal with the pain, using it in short intervals of about 20 minutes.
Inflammation can be naturally treated by using olive oil, which can help reduce swelling and discomfort at the same time. All you need to do is massage the oil into the part of the gums where your implant was placed. Garlic can also help with pain relief by treating the inflammation similarly, but only if you're willing to deal with how it tastes. You would need to place a clove of peeled garlic on the area of the gums with the inflammation to see results.
These are some of the problem and solutions that can happen with dental implants. If you're worries you may be experiencing complications, or you wish to avoid them before committing to a dental implant, speak to a professional dentist, such as those at Smile City.