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how do you reduce the swelling of the face after having wisdom teeth surgery?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ice packs: Your dentist or surgeon can administer a steroid during surgery to help with the inflammation and swelling. Intermittent application of ice packs to the side of the face/jaws immediately following surgery will also help reduce the swelling.
Answered on Sep 8, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Ice and NSAID's.: Ice packs applied to the swollen area 10 minutes at a time with 10 minute breaks in between can help. So can non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, Motrin (ibuprofen) and naprosyn (naproxen sodium). Do not exceed the manufacturer's dosages written on the bottle.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Call the oral surgeon if you have severe swelling
Nov 19, 2013

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Swelling: See your dentist or oral surgeon who will be doing the extracting. You may have an infection . This needs to be diagnosed and treated.
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Dr. Robert Mann
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Apply ice packs: Apply ice packs for the first 24-48 hours after surgery; take anti-inflammatory meds;avoid disturbiing the surgical site.
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