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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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