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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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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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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 can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Ice then heat: You should apply ice for the first 24-48 hours and then warm moist heat will help. In addition rinse with warm salt water and taking anti-inflammatory meds like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin. ...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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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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What can I do to reduce swelling after getting my wisdom teeth removed?

What can I do to reduce swelling after getting my wisdom teeth removed?

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 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

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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