Dental implants are false teeth that are fused to the jawbone. They provide relief from missing teeth and are a much better alternative than dentures. However, the surgery to implant the teeth is quite invasive and can leave you in pain for days following the procedure.

Even with painkillers, you may find that your jaw is sore and painful. Fortunately, you can help reduce the pain with some at-home, homeopathic, remedies. Here are four ways to relieve pain after undergoing oral surgery:

1. Clove Oil

A time-tested remedy for oral pain, clove oil works wonders for numbing a painful mouth. In fact, dentists—and old-time healers—have been using clove oil to help reduce pain in the mouth in the teeth for centuries—and some dentists still hand it out today for toothaches and abscesses.

Clove oil possesses natural analgesic and antiseptic properties, which means it helps to keep the mouth pain-free and clean. If you experience pain after your surgery, you can do a gentle swish with clove oil and water—just 1-2 drops in a glass of water. You can also apply it gently with a small cotton ball.  

2. Liquid Calendula

Another option that has been around for centuries for its pain-reliving properties is liquid calendula. It is a liquid made from marigold plants and has been used for many years for relieving pain. It is usually applied topically; however, it can also be taken internally for relief from the inside out.

For tooth pain, you should apply the liquid calendula topically. You can mix the liquid with a bit of water to create a soothing mouthwash—just make sure you swish gently. Its natural antibiotic properties will help to sooth pain and inflammation, as well as healing soft tissue and reducing bleeding.

3. Ice

A more standard option for typical pains is ice. As you might expect, ice helps to numb painful areas in the body; however, it also reduces swelling.

If you are experiencing pain and swelling after your dental implant surgery, you can apply ice to your cheeks to help relieve the pain. Leave the ice pack on for 20 minutes at a time. Repeat 3-4 times per day, making sure to rotate the ice pack to whatever side is hurting you at the moment.

You can also use ice and massage to help relieve mouth pain. Simply use a piece of ice and massage it into the webbed area between your thumb and forefinger. Do this for 5-20 minutes at a time, or until the pain lessens. Repeat as needed.

4. Salt Water

Another common option for toothaches and oral pain relief is salt water. Warm salt water helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, which helps to reduce pain. It also contains natural antibacterial properties, which helps to prevent infection.

If you have pain after your oral surgery, you may want to use a salt-water swish. Do this by mixing 1 tablespoon of sea salt with glass of warm water. Stir well to combine and gently swish the mixture in your mouth 3 times per day.

These four methods are great at relieving oral pain—whether it be from implant surgery or an infection. However, it is important to consult with your dentist first before trying any of these methods—as you should with any homeopathic remedy.  

For more information, contact Eden Prairie Dental Care or a similar location.