Dental Implant Sites Hurt? Try These Simple Pain Relief Tips

If your multiple dental implant sites hurt and nothing you take eases the pain, you may wonder if the pain will ever go away. Although swelling is a common occurrence after dental implant surgery, it can make it difficult to eat, sleep and even relax. The swelling should subside within a few days, but some people may experience the problem longer than others. With the right tips, you can find some relief to help your dental implants heal.

Eat Cool Soft Foods

Your dentist may tell you to place cool compresses on your jaws to help alleviate the pain. Cold temperatures have a numbing effect on inflamed tissues. The coolness reduces blood flow to injured tissues, which reduces sensation on those areas. If the compresses don't work as effectively as you want, you might try eating cool soft foods to feel better.

It's already recommended that you eat soft-textured foods after surgery. But instead of eating just mashed potatoes, soup and other warm foods, opt for cool yogurts, puddings and jello dishes. If possible, have someone prepare individual servings you can snack on during the day. Also, consider sipping on smoothies to supplement your diet but avoid using a straw, as it can dislodge the blood clots over your implant sites.

There's one more thing you might try to ease your pain. You can massage your face.

Massage Your Face

The swelling in your jaws may spread to the tissues surrounding your eyes and nose, which may create additional pressure in your face. Massaging the skin around these tissues helps promote drainage in the lymph vessels, which may reduce the swelling in your jaws and help your implant surgery site heal.

Lymph vessels release fluids that travel all over the body to pick up toxins. The toxins can build up and create tension in your face. Draining the vessels and their nodes may release the tension and ease up the pain in your jaws.

Here's what you do:

  1. Wet your face with cool or warm water. 
  2. Place one drop of natural oil in the palms of your hands, then rub them together lightly.
  3. Use the first four fingers of each hand to very gently and lightly massage the areas around your eyes. Avoid putting your fingers in your eyes or close to them.
  4. Place your fingers between your eyebrows, then glide them across your forehead.
  5. Move your fingers down the sides of your face and neck without applying pressure to the skin. 

You might feel a slight pull or draining sensation in your face and neck as the fluids release. You can perform the massage once or twice a day for good results.

If the tips above don't ease your swelling or pain after a day or two, contact a dentist for additional help.