A 48-year-old member asked:
how can i make it so i get the swelling from wisdom teeth surgery to go down?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 48 years experience
It depends...: Early surgical swelling, that peaks 48 hours after the surgery, will usually respond to heat therapy, perhaps using a warmed gel pack. Any swelling that suddenly starts to worsen after it was getting better, should be evaluated by your surgeon for possible infection.
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Dentistry 54 years experience
Time, time, time: It's easier to prevent it then to try to get it to subside. Ice packs to the outside of your face on an off every 15-20 minutes for the first 24 hours. Keep your head elevated rather that lying down flat. Once it's swollen, it's mostly a waiting game for mother nature & your body to work it's wonders. Be patient, each day should be better than the previous one. Follow your surgeon's instructions.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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