How to reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Post-operative swelling from wisdom teeth is normally expected and is usually proportional to the surgery extent. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face is not uncommon. This is your body’s normal response to surgery, and it is considered part of the healing/repair process. 

The swelling usually becomes evident the second day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until 2‐3 days post‐operatively. 

The swelling may be minimised by the immediate use of ice packs. Two Baggies filled with ice, or ice packs should be applied to the sides of the face where surgery was performed. 

The ice packs can be left on continuously while you are awake or placed on the affected side(s) 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off while awake. 

After 24‐36 hours, ice has no significant beneficial effect.  If swelling or jaw stiffness has persisted for several days, there is no cause for alarm. This is a normal reaction to surgery. 

Two days following surgery, the application of moist heat to the sides of the face is beneficial in reducing the size of the swelling.

Also, using Ibuprofens can decrease the swelling due to their anti-inflammatory effects.

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