Dental after-care guidelines or directives are any instructions that make sure you are treating your gum and tooth with care after any dental procedure. Inflammation of the gum, nerve or the tissue surrounding the tooth with the crown is the likely cause of the pain you feel. As undesirable as the pain after getting a crown is, it is unavoidable. However, I will share with you how to relieve tooth pain after crown; they are very simple and easy.
How to relieve tooth pain after crown:
- Use over-the-counter pain medications.
- Maintain oral hygiene.
- Saltwater wash.
- Herbal remedies.
- Treat bruxism.
- No to sticky, sweet and hard foods
- Avoid cold and hot foods.
Over-the-counter pain medications: drugs like Ibuprofen (Advil) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can provide quick but temporary relief from the throbbing tooth pain.
With or without tooth pain, maintaining a healthy oral hygiene is non-negotiable. Despite the soreness and pain you feel, it is very important that you brush, floss, and use a mouthwash regularly.
Saltwater wash: this is very helpful in reducing inflammation and the pain it causes. Repeat the wash several times in a day for maximal effect.
Herbal remedies: There are a lot of herbal remedies with anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties that can come handy as a source of relief from the pain, they include:
- Clove oil which is sold over the counter contains anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Soak a cotton ball in oil and bite affected tooth on the cotton ball. The oil will help ease the pain.
- Garlic is a very popular herb known to provide relief for many ailments because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, including a pain-easing property. Crush 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, mix with salt and apply to the painful tooth.
- Ginger root eases the pain. Cut, peel and crush fresh ginger root and place on the tooth, allow the juice to reach the painful area.
- Turmeric will calm the pain and provide relief. Mix 2 spoons of turmeric with water to form a thick paste and apply on the affected tooth with a cotton ball.
- Yarrow roots and leaves are very effective because of its anesthetic property. Rub fresh leave or roots on the sore tooth or gum.
- Spilanthes is not a very popular herb, but the leaf produces a numbing effect and provides immediate relief. Crush the leaves and place on the painful tooth, you will feel better.
- Chamomile mouth rinses made with chamomile tea bag in warm water with vanilla extract and lemon juice soothes swelling and can help relieve the pain you feel. After brushing, rinse your mouth with the chamomile mouth rinse and spit it out.
Treat bruxism: Bruxism is the involuntary or unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth especially when sleeping. It could just be what is causing you those pains. Developing good sleeping manners, mouth guards and mouth splints are some ways of treating bruxism.
Sticky, sweet and hard foods: After getting a crown, sticky, sweet and hard foods are definitely a no-no. They can get stuck in the tooth and cause more pain. Stay away from them and save yourself the pains.
Hot and cold food Sensitivity to hot and cold food is one common factor that aggravates tooth pain after a crown. Sticking to foods at moderate temperature is the key.
Be patient for the pains might not go away immediately. However, if it persists for too long visit your Dentist to be sure it is nothing serious.