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how can i make it so i get the swelling from wisdom teeth surgery to go down?

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Dr. Theodore Grellner
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.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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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