In order for your dental implants to remain healthy after placement, they need to have a sufficient amount of bone. If you have lost teeth in your upper jaw, then you may have experienced some bone loss as well. The bone loss makes it difficult for your dental implants to be placed without eventually failing. As a result, your dentist will perform a sinus augmentation in order to place healthy bone in the area that the bone is needed. Your dentist may use bone from other areas throughout your mouth or body. Once the procedure is complete, you will experience some swelling. The swelling will decrease gradually with time. However, this can be fairly uncomfortable to deal with. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use in order to reduce swelling after your sinus augmentation procedure.
Rinse with Warm Saltwater
Sal water rinses are often used as an antibacterial rinse to help cleanse fresh wounds and prevent bacterial infections. However, the mixture is also often used to help reduce swelling and inflammation. Epsom salts contain magnesium that helps to reduce swelling. You can create the rinse, by dissolving one spoonful of Epsom salt in a large bowl of hot water. Wait for the mixture to cool, then work the mixture around your surgical site. Concentrate on the areas of your mouth that are swollen. Avoid spitting out the mixture. Instead, use warm water to remove the rinse from your mouth and repeat the process again. Use the saltwater rinse after your meals in order to soothe your swelling.
Apply a Cold Compress Against Your Cheeks
A cold compress is a simple way to help reduce any swelling that you may be experiencing. A cold compress works well because it helps to reduce blood flow to the areas that are swelling or causing pain. As a result, you should quickly notice a reduction in your inflammation and swelling. A cold compress can be used by creating your own from home or purchasing an ice pack from the store and placing it on your swollen areas. You can create a cold compress at home by filling a large bowl with cold water. Apply a few cups of ice blocks to the bowl as well. Dip a clean cloth in the ice water and wring out the extra water. Add a handful of ice blocks to the cloth and apply the cloth to your swollen areas around your mouth. Hold it against your mouth until the ice until melts, then repeat the process.