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How Can I Get Rid Of The Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Removal
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Ice then heat: The swelling secondary to an extraction will peak 24-48 hours after the surgery. For the first 24 hours you should apply ice packs to the outside of the face, 15 minutes on-15 minutes off. After that you can use warm moist compresses. 24 hours after surgery you should also start rinsing with warm salt water. Nsaid's like advil (ibuprofen) help. These things along with time will allow the swelling to resolve. ...Read more
I have sharp, intense pain radiating along my jaw up to my ear three weeks after wisdom teeth removal. Is this normal and what can I do to get rid of it?
Go back: This is not normal. I would suggest you go back to the dentist that did the extraction. ...Read more
Ice packs placed immediately after surgery, half hour on, half hour off for the first twelve hours after the procedure is important
before the procedure avoid meds like aspirin, etc.
Bromelain taken the week before the procedure may also help. Discuss this with your oral surgeon at your consult visit! ...Read more
Ice: I would recommend ice placed on the outside of your face leaving it on 20 minutes then off 20 minutes for the first 24 hours. This procedure should help reduce swelling. ...Read more
Before the extraction take a NSAID such as Motrin or aleve (naproxen).
Following the extraction ice is critical in the first 8 hours. (on 20 minutes off 10.) continue with the ice to 48 hours after the extraction then stop. At 72 hours use heat packs to reduce the swelling until it is gone. ...Read more
Post Op Directions: Usually after a doctor places stitches or does surgery, they will give you very specific instructions on how to clean and maximize healing. Swelling is a normal part of the healing process that is important to heal but one that can be minimized with proper care. Follow the directions to help minimize the swelling. ...Read more
Swelling generally reaches its peak 48 hours after the surgery and then gradually decreases.
You should use ice immediately following surgery for the first 24 hours and then after 24 hours start gently rinsing with warm salt water and use moist heat on the outside of your face to help the swelling resolve. ...Read more
Using ice packs immediately postoperatively on the side where the teeth were removed is the first step.
Moist heat applied to the same areas days later will also help. ...Read more
Not abnormal: It is a surgical procedure and depending on severity of impaction, swelling is a post operative symptom which will resolve. Use ice packs to reduce and call your doctor if you do not get resolution. ...Read more
1 week after wisdom teeth removal here is still swelling on the bottom left side and today I felt the left 2nd molar wiggling. Is this normal?
Within a week: The swelling should gradually decrease over a one week period. If this is not occurring I would contact your surgeon immediately. ...Read more
Depends: Some of the factors that can affect the degree and duration of swelling following removal of wisdom teeth may include whether or not they were impacted, the experience and technique of the surgeon, whether or not anti-inflammatory meds were administered, your physical status, and how well you follow postop instructions. Generally by the third day postop the swelling will be at its peak. ...Read more
Could you tell me what's the best way to reduce swelling and bruising after wisdom teeth removal?
Ice and Rest: Icepacks applied to the face immediately following surgery will help reduce the swelling. On the days following surgery, moist heat packs applied to the face will help decrease the swelling and muscle soreness. Eating fresh pineapple and papaya are foods that have been reported to help reduce bruising. ...Read more
White painful swelling on lower left extraction site after wisdom teeth removal 5wks ago. Seems to have come on recently. Is tender and swollen why?
Possible reinfection: Please return to surgeon whe removed wisdom tooth for reexamination. ...Read more
Left jaw is hurting/swelling 1 month after wisdom teeth removal. I was pretty much fully recovered until this morning. Cant open or chew Talking hurts?
Dentist or ER: Take a pain killer if you can until seen, good luck ...Read more
Yes: Whether or not you have swelling after the removal of your upper wisdom teeth may depend on several factors, i.e., impacted vs erupted, the level of difficulty in removing them, experience and technique of the person removing them, any meds given at the time of surgery, quality of postop instructions provided and followed, and your facial profile. ...Read more
Please tell me if I should use hot or cold packs to reduce swelling after my wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth post op: Initially ice packs. Two bags filled with ice, or ice packs should be applied to the sides of the face. The ice packs should be left on continuously while you are awake. After 24 hours, ice will not help. You may have pain and swelling for a few days. This is a normal reaction to surgery. After 36 hours only moist heat (warm washcloth) is recommended. ...Read more
Not typically: Your face should return to its normal configuration after the teeth are removed and the swelling goes down. It is possible that if there was some preoperative swelling or the teeth were situated in such a way that the face was more full in appearance that once removed that fullness is lost....And the face appears narrower. ...Read more
Avoid. . .: Vigorous rinsing, spitting sucking through a straw and smoking as these may increase the risk of developing a dry socket. ...Read more
Some tips: No spitting, sucking on straws or smoking for 2-3 days. ...Read more
What is. .: "lockjaw" why do you think it is associated with extraction of wisdom teeth? When I think of lock jaw, the the chondyle of the jaw has moved anterior to a position forward of its normal "socket". While it can be manually replaced, more often when the victim stops panicking and relaxes the chondyle slips back on its own. ...Read more
Dry socket: Dry socket is when the clot that forms in the socket after a few days, comes out. You want to keep the area clean and be gentle. Warm salt water rinses are a great cleanser and healer. To prevent loss of the clot use no suction, heavy spitting or heavy brushing for a week or so. No hot liquids for the first 24 hours and keep the area clear of small granular foods. No aspirin. ...Read more
Taking Norco for wisdom teeth removal; how can I prevent constipation? Can I take Miralax twice a day? Is Metamucil a good idea?
Few things: Rinsing mouth with warm saltwater will help ease the pain. Rinse 2-5 times a day; don’t swallow salt water. Oral numbing meds can be applied. Otc pain relievers may help ease the pain. Chewing gum will gently massage the irritated area. These measures may temporarily relieve the pain. However, an oral surgeon should examine the tooth/teeth and decide whether further treatment is necessary. ...Read more
I recently had 2 out of 4 wisdom teeth removed and am experiencing "lock jaw". How can I get rid of that asap?
Trifecta: Antiinflammatories (ibuprofen), Heat (moist pack), and Exercises. See your Oral Surgeon for advice on the specifics, esp. The exercises. You may take the ibuprofen 4x day @ 400 mg, and apply moist heat to the side of the face from the area in front of the ear top to bottom. This will help improve blood flow, reduce inflammation and relieve the muscle spasms and strains. Soft diet. Make Appt. ...Read more
I had all four of my wisdom teeth out a week ago yet I have a bitter taste in my mouth that I can't seem to get rid of? How can I get rid of it?
Still healing: The extraction site is probably still healing. Complete closure of the tooth socket takes 7-14 days. In some instances the doctor places a healing dressing to help. Food debri can be trapped. Also the possibility of improper healing should be confirmed. Best advise, visit your doctor. ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
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