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Swelling after dental abscess drainage. No pain. Should I be concerned?

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In brief: Yes

As clinicians, we always want to qualify and quantify each issue.
So here goes. Swelling is a common inflammatory response to any surgical procedure. Including draining an abscess. The absence of pain is good. But is there warmth in the area? Any drainage? Is the skin in the area red and swollen or is is regional swelling?

In brief: Yes

As clinicians, we always want to qualify and quantify each issue.
So here goes. Swelling is a common inflammatory response to any surgical procedure. Including draining an abscess. The absence of pain is good. But is there warmth in the area? Any drainage? Is the skin in the area red and swollen or is is regional swelling?
Dr. Malcolm Musgrave
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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on how long ago the incision and drainage was done.
It can take several days for the swelling to start to subside after an i and d. Hopefully you are also on the appropriate antibiotic. If it has not improved within 3-5 days you should be reexamined.

In brief: Depends

It depends on how long ago the incision and drainage was done.
It can take several days for the swelling to start to subside after an i and d. Hopefully you are also on the appropriate antibiotic. If it has not improved within 3-5 days you should be reexamined.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Dr. David Stall
Dentistry

In brief: Possibly

If you had the abcess drained , swelling would still be present.
It takes some time for the body to recover and the swelling to go down. If it is returning, then pain will most likely return also. Monitor closely with your dentist.

In brief: Possibly

If you had the abcess drained , swelling would still be present.
It takes some time for the body to recover and the swelling to go down. If it is returning, then pain will most likely return also. Monitor closely with your dentist.
Dr. David Stall
Dr. David Stall
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In brief: NO

If abscess is drained adequately drained , swelling will subside.

In brief: NO

If abscess is drained adequately drained , swelling will subside.
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. J BARRY Stovall
it is often prudent to wait 24 to 48 hours after antibiotic therapy in conjunction with drainage for swelling to subside .
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