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How to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth extraction?

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Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Kim
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mostly time, but

Immediate placement of cold pack on and off every 15 minutes until going to bed.
No ice the following morning! keep head elevated including using extra pillows at night. Anti-inflammatory medication such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) as long as not allergic. Limit physical activity. Soft diet. Keep area clean but no rinsing first 24 hours. Call your dentist with any other specific questions.

In brief: Mostly time, but

Immediate placement of cold pack on and off every 15 minutes until going to bed.
No ice the following morning! keep head elevated including using extra pillows at night. Anti-inflammatory medication such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) as long as not allergic. Limit physical activity. Soft diet. Keep area clean but no rinsing first 24 hours. Call your dentist with any other specific questions.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ice, head elevation

Ice, head elevation, SNAID.
If swelling/pain persists, not normal. Go back in early to see dentist. If you haven't had surgery yet, make sure you are evaluated and treated by an oral surgeon.

In brief: Ice, head elevation

Ice, head elevation, SNAID.
If swelling/pain persists, not normal. Go back in early to see dentist. If you haven't had surgery yet, make sure you are evaluated and treated by an oral surgeon.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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