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How to reduce swelling after wisdom tooth surgical extraction?

How to  reduce swelling after wisdom tooth surgical extraction?

Anti- inflammatories: It's normal and expected to have done swelling after 3rd molars extraction. Anti inflammatories medication such as ibuprofen combined with strong pain medication is usually prescribed. Application of ice bag on site can bring some relief. However if pain or swelling persist 3-5 days after surgery consult with the doctor that performed the surgery. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth extraction?

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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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Throat swelling common after wisdom teeth extraction?

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Throat swelling common after wisdom teeth extraction?

No: Throat swelling could be from infection in the spaces around the throat and should be examined as soon as possible. If breathing is effect, you should go to the er. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: Without premedication, swelling can be common. With anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling perscription pre medications, these unpleasant effects of wisdom teeth removal can be managed quite comfortably. Discuss this with your treating dentist. ...Read more

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Please help! tooth inflammation after wisdom teeth removal?

Please help! tooth inflammation after wisdom teeth removal?

Inflammation?: How long ago were your wisdom teeth removed? Where is the inflammation? Are you in any pain? Is the inflammation getting better, worse or staying the same? The answers will determine what, if anything needs to be done. See the dentist who removed your teeth for an evaluation. ...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: I would recommend ice placed on the outside of your face leaving it on 20 minutes then off 20 minutes for the first 24 hours. This procedure should help reduce swelling. ...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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Will temporary crown on wisdom tooth gum cause swelling before removal?

Will temporary crown on wisdom tooth gum cause swelling before removal?

Depends: Depends on how carefully the temporary was made. Properly made temporary crowns shouldn't cause swelling. You should see your dentist - there might be a problem with the nerve in the tooth. ...Read more

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Tips on healing wisdom tooth after removal?

Tips on healing wisdom tooth after removal?

Regular Wound Care: In your forties, it normally takes longer to heal than if wisdom teeth are removed in one's twenties. Rinse with warm water (add a quarter teaspoon per 4-6 ounces) on awakening, after meals and at bedtime. Maintain good oral hygiene, being especially thorough but gentle on the adjacent teeth. If pain or swelling is present, then see your dentist as you may have a "dry socket" or infection. ...Read more

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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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Tingling after wisdom teeth removal. Normal?

Depends: I'm assuming you mean on your lip and chin. If this is the same day as surgery, that could be local anesthetic. If it is several days later, there may have been some injury to the sensory nerve. This usually gets better on its own, but it is best to inform your surgeon as they know all about your individual situation. ...Read more

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Is major bruising and jaw tightness after wisdom teeth removal normal?

Is major bruising and jaw tightness after wisdom teeth removal normal?

Yes, but: Tightness yes, minor bruising yes. If your bruising is "major", call the oral surgeon and let him look at you to make sure you're ok. ...Read more

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Can swallowing cause dry sockets after wisdom teeth removal?

Can swallowing cause dry sockets after wisdom teeth removal?

Definitely, no: There are certain risks associated with any tooth extraction. The most common complications are infection, dry socket. However, as long as you follow your dentist’s instructions, you should be able to avoid this complication. ...Read more

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Will teeth shift after getting wisdom teeth removed?

Not usually: Unless you are missing other teeth as well; or your bite is unstable; or your have periodontally involved teeth which would have shifted anyway. ...Read more

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How long will the swelling last after wisdom teeth removal surgey?

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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Is gum bleeding normal after wisdom tooth removal?

Is gum bleeding normal after wisdom tooth removal?

Yes: The gums bleed when the tooth is removed because the blood flow to the tooth is broken and open. This is common, and should stop quickly if not irritated. Certain medications can slow the clot formation and suction from a cigarette or straw can cause bleeding to continue. It may indicate gingivitis to the area which is normal as brushing and cleaning around an extraction site should be gentle. ...Read more

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Can upper wisdom teeth removal cause swelling?

Can upper wisdom teeth removal cause swelling?

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 more

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How long after wisdom teeth removal will pain subside ?

How long after wisdom teeth removal will pain subside ?

1-2 weeks: Usually narcotic pain medication should not be needed after 3 days. Motrin and Tylenol for first week. Should not have any pain after second week. If bite shifts and bone changes around surrounding teeth you may get some temperature sensitivity. If pain worsens after 3 days you may have dry socket and need to be evaluated by dentist who extracted tooth. ...Read more

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Is having major bruising and jaw tightness after wisdom teeth removal normal?

Is having major bruising and jaw tightness after wisdom teeth removal normal?

Sometimes: Check back with your dentist if it does not start to improve in a week. The jaw tightness may need some stretching to get it back to normal.. If it does not improve within 2 to 3 weeks and is left alone the limited opening can become permanent. ...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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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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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