How to help swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

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Wisdom teeth are the back teeth in your mouth, the third molars. They were given this name because they usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21, when you are more mature and wise.

If your wisdom teeth grow properly, they can aid in chewing and should not trigger any issues. Your dentist can call them impacted if there isn’t enough space for them to come out of the correct place.

How long does your face swell after wisdom teeth

Swelling is the body’s natural reaction to a traumatic event. It’s possible the swelling from a tooth extraction won’t show up until the next day.

A simple tooth extraction can cause minimal swelling, while a complex tooth extraction, such as the removal of multiple teeth or the wisdom tooth extraction, can cause substantial swelling.

The longer your dentist needs to operate on your mouth’s soft tissues, the more trauma and swelling you’ll get.

Swelling around the lips, nose, side of the face, and even the eyes is not unusual. Swelling is a common side effect of surgery and can last for many days.

How to help swelling after wisdom tooth extraction

To help close the wound, some people can need stitches. For around a week, the stitches are normally removed by the dentist.  Bruising, swelling, and pain are common side effects of surgery, and they take time to resolve.  Wisdom tooth surgery recovery will be slow, but patients should notice some improvements every day.

The stages of the healing process are as follows:

  • Clots will shape in the first 24 hours.
  • Swelling in the mouth and cheeks may subside in two to three days.
  • Any stitches that remain after seven days can be removed by a dentist.
  • Stiffness and soreness in the jaw should subside in 7 to 10 days.
  • Any slight facial bruising should recover in two weeks.

Each person’s recovery time can vary. Recovery time can be extended if blood clots become dislodged or the wound becomes infected.

Ice on wisdom teeth swelling

An ice pack can also be recommended by a dentist or surgeon for the first few hours after surgery.

Holding an ice pack on the outside of the face for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off over the extraction site can help minimize pain and swelling.

Cold packs are available for purchase online in a number of sizes.

When someone has been in the hospital for surgery and received a general anesthetic, they will be unable to drive for 48 hours. It is a good idea to take one or two days off work or school after surgery if at all necessary.

After wisdom tooth surgery, people may take pain relievers to help with pain and discomfort.

Conclusion

Recovery takes about two weeks with adequate aftercare. Antibiotics may be needed if a person contracts an infection.

Pressure, swelling, yellow or white pus around the wound, and a high temperature are all signs of infection. There’s a chance you’ll get a condition called dry socket. If a blood clot does not develop or is knocked away from the wound, this may happen. The pain from a dry socket is severe and throbbing. A dentist would most likely need to add a dressing to the wound.

With proper aftercare, complications from wisdom tooth surgery are impossible. A person should see a doctor or dentist if they are experiencing extreme pain, a lot of bleeding, a fever, or some other unusual symptoms.

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