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Reduce Swelling From 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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