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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more