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A 48-year-old member asked:

any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dentistry 28 years experience
Possibly: Swelling after a surgical procedure is normal. It usually is at its peak two days following a procedure. If there is extensive bone removal when extracting the wisdom teeth, there is usually more swelling. There are cases however, where minimal to no swelling occurs if the teeth are erupted and no bone removal is required. This varies from person to person also.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: Without premedication, swelling can be common. With anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling perscription pre medications, these unpleasant effects of wisdom teeth removal can be managed quite comfortably. Discuss this with your treating dentist.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Not uncommon: It is a surgery so swelling is not unexpected. Monitor, though, if swelling persists for over 4-5 days.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Swelling is probable: So much in dental treatment depends on the patient, their pain tolerance as well as the type of extraction, ie; bony, or ankylosed. A surgeon's skill, touch & the way they do a surgery. Great hands with a patient who follows all of the home care directions can lead to a very positive result with very little pain. With all the variables, pain could be minimal or could last weeks. Meds can help.
Dr. Stan Shih
Dr. Stan Shih answered
Dentistry 18 years experience
Yes: There can be swelling and inflammation associated with most any surgical procedure and this does include surgical extraction of wisdom teeth. If swelling persists for too long, it could be a sign of complications from the surgery such as infection or jaw fracture. These are rare outcomes, but always follow up with the dentist if there is any doubt about the cause of swelling.

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How long should swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

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Dr. TED FEDER answered
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Average 4 days: Recovery from any surgery depends on many factors, from patient age and health, to the difficulty of the surgery. Were the teeth erupted or deeply impacted? Some people go back to school or work the next day, others can take up to a week.
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What can I do to reduce swelling from wisdom tooth extraction?

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Dr. Rafael Morales
Specializes in Dentistry
Ice/heat: In the first few hours after the extraction, it is recommended that you out ice on the cheek on the side of the extraction. After the first day, you can put mild heat. Always be careful not to hurt yourself with the ice or heat. If the swelling is painful, and doesn't seem to improve, then consult with your dentist or surgeon immediately.
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Wisdom tooth extraction: how long will it take the swelling to go down and i can talk normal again?

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3-7 days: Three days to one week.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Wisdom tooth extraction site is swelling, what should I do?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
See your dentist: Without premedication, swelling can be common. With anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling perscription pre medications, these unpleasant effects of wisdom teeth removal can be managed quite comfortably. Discuss this with your treating dentist.

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