Having a scratchy sore throat after dental procedures, such as a crown placement, is quite common. Although it is not something you should worry about, why not learn a few facts about why it occurs and move on to ways you can deal with this issue.
What Causes Sore Throat Post-op?
During dental procedures, your mouth is always wide open for a long while. This may serve as the primary reason for your throat to go sore and dry. So, what is the solution? Simple – stay hydrated! The first step to victory is drinking plenty of water (skip the sugary and fizzy drinks).
How to Treat a Sore Throat
- Drink hot tea with a touch of lemon or some hot soup.
- Try keeping your throat moist at all times with the help of lozenges.
- Gargle with the Holy Grail – warm salt water solution.
- Alternatively, use ice chips.
- Cold liquids or popsicles to numb the pain.
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer to keep air from getting too dry.
You have to abide by a few instructions after you are through with your dental procedure for apt healing.
- Stop smoking
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Rinse your mouth with dentist-recommended mouthwash.
Once done, take it easy for the rest of the day. Plan out your work ahead of time and try to strike off maximum chores on your list and leave very less work for the next 2-3 days at least.
Right after your treatment, there is no need to start brushing or rinsing for the day. Once you cross the 24-hour mark, start rinsing with the dedicated mouthwash your dentist has given you.
Only rinsing is not sufficient, though. You must also start with brushing and flossing like you normally would.
Dealing with Post-Procedure Swelling
Experiencing swelling the day after your procedure is quite common and something you can easily take down; although it may peak after 48-72 hours of surgery, do not panic and think about ways you can manage it.
The best way to address this situation is to use cold liquids to reduce discomfort and bleeding. Sip on iced water (chips), tea, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, etc. Make sure not to use a straw, as the suction action may start bleeding.
Keeping your surgical area cold after the surgery is crucial for appropriate healing. Minimize swelling by keeping an ice compress over the treated area (on the outer side of the face).
Got questions regarding dental procedures Saifee Family Dentistry offers? Just give us a call at (281) 350-5600 or visit 21212 Kuykendahl Rd E, spring, TX 77379, right next to Game Stop and Tutti Frutti Yogurt Bar.