For a few days after you get dental implants, your gums may be sore and swollen. If you want to naturally treat your symptoms at home, follow this three-step treatment regimen using ingredients found in most supermarkets, health stores, and pharmacies.
Step 1: Brush With A Homemade Toothpaste
The baking soda and aloe vera in this homemade toothpaste will pull out the inflammation and relieve the soreness. When combined with the lemon oil, the three ingredients also keep plaque from building up along the gum line by dissolving and scrubbing the sticky substance away. This will help prevent infection around the implant sites.
- In a small bowl, mix together three tablespoons of baking soda, two tablespoons of pure aloe Vera gel, and 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
- Dip your toothbrush into the mixture and gently brush your teeth and gums with the paste.
- Hold it in your mouth for two minutes. This will give the paste a chance to soften any tartar or plaque buildup.
- Use your fingertip to massage the paste into your gums for two minutes.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water.
- Cover the bowl with any remaining paste so it can be used later.
Step 2: Rinse With Salt And Green Tea Mouthwash
After scrubbing your mouth with the toothpaste, rinse with this mouthwash made with salt and green tea. The salt kills any germs that could cause an infection around the implant sites. Along with the green tea, it will also reduce any swelling in the gums. Both ingredients will draw out the inflammation and soreness around the insertion sites.
- Steep two green tea bags in a half cup of water for 15 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and throw them away.
- Add two tablespoons of salt, allowing it to dissolve for five minutes.
- Let the mixture cool to slightly above room temperature.
- Use half of the mouthwash for two minutes, being sure to swish it between your teeth and around the base of your gums.
- Spit it out and wait two minutes.
- Rinse your mouth with the remaining mouthwash for an additional minute.
- Spit it out and do not rinse.
- Wait five minutes before proceeding to the third step to give the solution time to soak into your gum tissue.
Step 3: Apply An Herbal Oil Tincture
The final step in the home treatment regimen is the application of an herbal oil tincture. Both the clove and peppermint oils will soak into the gum tissue where they will numb the nerve endings. A pinch of salt is added to draw out any remaining inflammation. The tincture can relieve your gum pain or soreness for two to three hours.
- In the palm of your hand, place five drops of clove oil and seven drops of peppermint oil.
- Add a pinch of table salt.
- Mix the oils and salt together using a cotton swab.
- Allow the salt to dissolve slightly for two to three minutes.
- Using a clean cotton swab, carefully rub the tincture onto your gums.
- Let the tincture soak in for five minutes.
- With the other end of the cotton swab, apply another layer of the tincture to the gum line surrounding your implants.
- This tincture can be used every three hours during the day for pain relief. It can also be reapplied after you eat.
Using this home treatment twice a day for a week should relieve your discomfort. However, if you start to notice an increase in pain or see signs of infection, you may want to go to websites and contact your dentist who inserted the dental implants. They may want to examine you and recommend a prescription treatment option.