How to Reduce Swelling – Post Wisdom Teeth Removal!

Swelling is a normal reaction after having your wisdom teeth removed. If you have just had your wisdom teeth removed or are planning to have the procedure, here are a few tips to help:

  1. Apply Hot and Cold to your Teeth. Although we think cold is the best solution for swelling, applying heat at the right times can help with swelling too. 0-24 hours after wisdom teeth extraction: Apply ice for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off. 24-48 hours after wisdom teeth extraction: Don’t apply ice or heat. 48 hours after wisdom teeth extraction: Apply heat.
  2. Keep Your Head Up! By keeping your head elevated, gravity will cause excess fluid to flow away from your cheeks – reducing the swelling! Use a pillow to keep your head propped up rather than laying down on one level.
  3. Use Corticosteroids. Consult your oral surgeon or dentist before using these!

For more questions about wisdom teeth removal and post procedure tips, contact your dentist in Richmond Hill, ToothMatters.

– Dr. Gao

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