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How long should swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: Average 4 days

Recovery from any surgery depends on many factors, from patient age and health, to the difficulty of the surgery.
Were the teeth erupted or deeply impacted? Some people go back to school or work the next day, others can take up to a week.

In brief: Average 4 days

Recovery from any surgery depends on many factors, from patient age and health, to the difficulty of the surgery.
Were the teeth erupted or deeply impacted? Some people go back to school or work the next day, others can take up to a week.
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Dr. Stan Shih
Dentistry

In brief: Two or three days.

At most two or three days.
If swelling persists past this timeframe, a follow-up with the surgeon would be required. Swelling that does not subside may be due to an infection, slow-healing, bone fracture, residual root, or any number of other complications related to the surgery.

In brief: Two or three days.

At most two or three days.
If swelling persists past this timeframe, a follow-up with the surgeon would be required. Swelling that does not subside may be due to an infection, slow-healing, bone fracture, residual root, or any number of other complications related to the surgery.
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Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dentistry

In brief: Few days

Just a few days. If you are continuing to have swelling after 5 days, speak to the oral surgeon to make sure there is no infection present.
Be sure to follow your oral surgeon's instructions of cold and hot applications, as well as anti-inflammatory meds. Typically, a steroid is given at the time of extraction to help with swelling of the tissues. Be sure to take all prescribed meds.

In brief: Few days

Just a few days. If you are continuing to have swelling after 5 days, speak to the oral surgeon to make sure there is no infection present.
Be sure to follow your oral surgeon's instructions of cold and hot applications, as well as anti-inflammatory meds. Typically, a steroid is given at the time of extraction to help with swelling of the tissues. Be sure to take all prescribed meds.
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