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How To Reduce Swelling After Wisdom Teeth
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Start before: Before the extraction take a NSAID such as Motrin or aleve. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgical Swelling: Swelling typically peaks at 72 hours post-procedure. Intra-op steroid administration is common (which will help decrease amount of swelling post-op). Additionally, taking an NSAID like Ibuprofen - 800mg q 6 hours and persistent application of ice for the first 48 hours. After the second day, you can start to apply moist heat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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