Suffering with severely discolored or imperfect teeth can wreak havoc on your health and self-esteem, but installing porcelain veneers at a practice like Adam Dental Clinic will ensure a healthy and attractive smile. Unfortunately, after the installation, you will have a great deal of discomfort and swelling. While this discomfort usually subsides after a few days, these natural options will help you stop venting from your veneer pain.

Coconut Oil

Dentists remove a thin layer of tooth enamel before cementing the porcelain pieces over your existing teeth. The reduction of your original enamel causes your teeth to feel more sensitive to hot, cold and acidic foods and beverages. For many patients who choose veneers, any contact made to the teeth can be painful after the first few days. To reduce this pain, try oil pulling.

  1. Place a teaspoon of organic coconut oil into your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil around for 15 minutes.
  3. Spit the oil into a trashcan.
  4. Rinse your mouth with warm water before brushing teeth.

Oil pulling "pulls" bacteria, germs, and excess food particles from the mouth. In addition, the pulling motion is similar to exercise for your mouth. Pulling twice per day strengthens the teeth, jaw, and gums.

Heating Pad

If you are in pain and are experiencing swelling in your jaw, your first inclination may be to press an ice pack to your mouth. Although a bag of frozen peas may seem appealing, a heating pad offers more relief. 

Hold the heated pad on your jaw for 15 minutes before removing. Wait an additional 15 minutes before placing the warm compress to the area again. While resting, practice opening and closing your mouth to relieve jaw swelling and pressure.

Salt

To reduce swelling and discomfort in your gums, use a salt-water rinse 3 times per day. Combine the following in a glass:

  • 8 ounces of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Although the swelling usually subsides after a few days, your gums may remain sore for a few weeks. Using this salt-water rinse offers enormous relief.

Olive Oil

Although the thought of using another type of oil for your oral hygiene needs may seem unusual, olive oil is effective for reducing irritation inside your mouth. To comfort your irritated and sore gums, complete the following steps:

  1. Boil ½-cup olive oil.
  2. Allow the oil to cool to room temperature.
  3. When cool, rub the olive oil directly onto your gums and massage for a few minutes.

The oil will soothe inflammation of your gums and inside your mouth. 

Investing in porcelain veneers is smart if you want an improved smile. While the installation process is time consuming and uncomfortable, you can find relief using these natural options. However, if your veneers become loose or you feel intense pain, consult your dentist immediately. 

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