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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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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 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 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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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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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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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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. Linda Callaghan
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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