Getting a dental surgery like tooth implants done is often a necessity, but if you've had a major procedure that involved incisions in your gums, you might be sore for a while afterward. Thankfully, you don't have to put up with discomfort. If you're having or have already had a dental procedure and your gums are sore, swollen, or painful afterward, give these three solutions a try:

Salt Water

Salt water rinses are a great way to reduce inflammation in your gums. The salt helps to beat bad bacteria gently, which is why it's a better choice than trying to use a harsher alternative like mouthwash. With fewer bacteria in your mouth, the swelling in your gums will diminish.

If you want to use a salt water rinse, mix salt into warm water that's approximately the same temperature as your mouth. Cold or hot water can potentially hurt your gums while they're sensitive. Then, simply swish the solution around in your mouth, getting full circulation to all the areas that are sensitive. Spit it out when you've rinsed enough.

The only exception to this solution is if your dentist has told you not to swish anything after your procedure. In some cases, swishing can increase bleeding after a dental surgical procedure, so don't use a salt water rinse if your dentist told you not to rinse.

Numbing Gel

Numbing gels are a great way of dealing with gum pain without having to take additional drugs. Numbing gels can be applied directly to the area that's hurting, and immediately provide relief by numbing the surface.

If you're interested in using a numbing gel, apply it after you've rinsed with salt water. This will allow the salt to reach full efficacy and you won't be rinsing away the numbing gel.

Change Toothbrushes

Lastly, it's possible that your toothbrush is partially responsible for the fact that your gums are hurting. If you're using a toothbrush with firm or hard bristles, it can easily irritate your gums and make them feel painful or sensitive.

If you don't know what kind of brush you have or you think it might be too hard, simply buy a toothbrush that's labeled as having soft bristles. In addition, remember to use extremely light pressure while brushing your teeth. While your gums are healing from your dental procedure they need to be treated especially gently.

Dental surgical procedures are safe and effective if you follow your dentist's directions for aftercare. If you have concerns about an upcoming procedure, give your dentist a call today.