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How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

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

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How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Start before: 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

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How to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth extraction?

How to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth extraction?

NSAID's and ice: Just like any other injury (ie sprained ankle) ice is the best method of inflammation reduction. After 3 days, heat is a good method of relief for your symptoms. Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen (motrin, advil) and Naproxen (aleve) are the most prominent in the class. These act as, not only pain relievers, but for anti inflammation (swelling), as well. Use as recommended. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling after wisdom tooth surgical extraction?

How to  reduce swelling after wisdom tooth surgical extraction?

Anti- inflammatories: It's normal and expected to have done swelling after 3rd molars extraction. Anti inflammatories medication such as ibuprofen combined with strong pain medication is usually prescribed. Application of ice bag on site can bring some relief. However if pain or swelling persist 3-5 days after surgery consult with the doctor that performed the surgery. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Avoid . . .: Vigorous rinsing, spitting sucking through a straw and smoking as these may increase the risk of developing a dry socket. ...Read more

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How do you reduce the swelling after a wisdom teeth extraction?

How do you reduce the swelling after a wisdom teeth extraction?

Ice and elevation: Keep i've on the area for about 24 hours, keep the head elevated and take it easy for a few days. ...Read more

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How to recover after wisdom tooth removal?

How to recover after wisdom tooth removal?

Take it easy: Ice packs to reduce swelling. Antiinflammatories for pain and swelling. Gauze to bite on to stop bleeding. Follow the instructions you will be given. ...Read more

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What are some ways to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

What are some ways to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

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

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How long after wisdom teeth removal will pain subside ?

How long after wisdom teeth removal will pain subside ?

1-2 weeks: Usually narcotic pain medication should not be needed after 3 days. Motrin and Tylenol for first week. Should not have any pain after second week. If bite shifts and bone changes around surrounding teeth you may get some temperature sensitivity. If pain worsens after 3 days you may have dry socket and need to be evaluated by dentist who extracted tooth. ...Read more

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How long will the swelling last after wisdom teeth removal surgey?

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

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How to prevent canker sores after wisdom teeth removed?

How to prevent canker sores after wisdom teeth removed?

No problem: Canker sores are rarely seen after wisdom tooth extraction. Make sure you are evaluated/treated by board certified oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do after wisdom teeth removal?

What to do after wisdom teeth removal?

Post op instructions: Your oral surgeon will give you a list of dos and don'ts for you to follow. ...Read more

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How do you prevent locked jaw after wisdom teeth removal..?

How do you prevent locked jaw after wisdom teeth removal..?

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

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What to avoid when recuperating after wisdom tooth removal?

What to avoid when recuperating after wisdom tooth removal?

Recovery: The initial recovery and healing from wisdom tooth surgery usually occurs over 3-5 days. Avoid eating crunchy, spicy, or difficult-to-chew foods, smoking, alcohol, exercise and excessive spitting. Just follow your surgeon's instructions for speedy recovery. ...Read more

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How long after the removal of 2 impacted wisdom teeth can I begin to exercise again?

How long after the removal of 2 impacted wisdom teeth can I begin to exercise again?

Tooth Extraction : Basically whenever the pain will allow. This is usually 48-72 hours after the procedure. Things that can help with the healing process are chondroin sulfate, bromelain for inflammation, vit C and protein to promote healing. ...Read more

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What is the best way to reduce bruising after wisdom teeth removal?

Ice: Ice packs 10 min on./ 10 min off repeated as much as possible the first day after srugery. ...Read more

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How to brush my teeth safely after wisdom tooth extraction ?

How to brush my teeth safely after wisdom tooth extraction ?

Don't brush 24 h: only gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water 3-4 X per day. After the 24 hours, start brushing your teeth, being particularly gentle near the surgical site to avoid disrupting any stitches or blood clot. ...Read more

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How can I avoid dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

How can I avoid dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Dry socket: It is good that you are already aware of such post-extraction complications. If you were given a post-op instruction, please read well and follow it. Make sure not to spit hard if you rinse your mouth (keep it to minimum for the first couple days), stay on a soft diet, if unsure request a post-extraction exam or check to make sure healing is normal. Losing blood clot leads to dry socket. ...Read more

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I have face swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

I have face swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

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

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How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

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

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How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Start before: 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

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How many days of swelling after wisdom teeth removal in a teen?

How many days of swelling after wisdom teeth removal in a teen?

Varies: 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

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What are some ways to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

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

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What are some things to do to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

What are some things to do to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Ice Packs: 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

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How long will the swelling last after wisdom teeth removal surgey?

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

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How long would it take before the swelling goes down after wisdom teeth removal?

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

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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?

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?

Normal?: You have had surgery. Healing takes time. If you are concerned enough to send this post, then please call your treating Dentist or Oral Surgeon for a post-surgical examination to assure that your healing is proceeding at the expected rate. Do it. It will put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to reduce swelling and bruising after wisdom teeth removal?

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

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Does wisdom teeth removal make your face narrower after all the swelling is gone?

Does wisdom teeth removal make your face narrower after all the swelling is gone?

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

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How to get rid of swelling from wisdom teeth removal?

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

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Can upper wisdom teeth removal cause swelling?

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

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Can you tell me how could i reduce swelling after i had my wisdom teeth removal?

Can you tell me how could i reduce swelling after i had my wisdom teeth removal?

Premedication: Premedication starting a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid (decadron) and an anti-inflammatory (motrin) will do wonders at keeping swelling and pain under control after the procedure. Review this with your treating dentist. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I should use hot or cold packs to reduce swelling after my wisdom teeth removal?

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

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Why do I still have mouth swelling a month after my wisdom teeth removal?

Why do I still have mouth swelling a month after my wisdom teeth removal?

May be normal: I hurt for at least 2 weeks, but my pain was improving each and every day. If your pain is not improving or, in fact, is getting worse, i'd call the dentist. If it is improving slowly, wait and see. Do salt water gargles and take ibuprofen. This may help. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Avoid . . .: Vigorous rinsing, spitting sucking through a straw and smoking as these may increase the risk of developing a dry socket. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

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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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more