Oral surgeons across the nation say that the fear of pain is the number one reason people prolong or avoid getting treatment. Yes, some dental procedures can cause short-term pain, but it's not as painful as dealing with oral issues without treatment. Fortunately, there are ways patients can avoid pain during and after their dental procedures.
At Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, Shaun B. Rai DMD and can guide you on how to pro-actively avoid pain during and after your dental procedure.
The Most Painful Dental Procedures
Most trips to the oral surgeon don't cause too much discomfort. However, complex procedures or existing medical conditions can cause pain. However, oral surgeons use local anesthetics to make the procedure smoother. The six most painful dental procedures are dental implants, gum tissue grafts, dental fillings, root canals, crowns, and veneers.
How to Avoid Pain During and After Dental Procedures
For any of these procedures, the easiest way to avoid pain is to be proactive. This means taking pre-procedural pain control measures to avoid discomfort and reduce pain. This includes taking care of existing cavities, tooth or gum problems that might make you susceptible to pain by visiting us for cleanup before the procedure.
Secondly, you can also prevent pain by maintaining good oral hygiene. This includes regular brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste for at least two weeks before the treatment. Using fluoride toothpaste can help you lower your mouth's acidity level, strengthen your tooth enamel, and rebuild your teeth, strengthening minerals before treatment.
Moreover, patients taking prescribed medications such as blood thinners, antidepressants, and blood pressure pills can experience more pain caused by gum bleeding. By letting us know, we can prescribe pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce your pain.
If your fear of dental procedures is compromising your oral health, we recommend visiting Shaun B. Rai DMD and at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants to ease your concerns and have your dental procedure with minimal pain. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (757) 777-9883