How To Deal With Swelling From Wisdom Teeth Removal

a patient undergoing tooth extraction

Teeth erupt in stages from childhood to adulthood. Although, there are times where teeth can grow as molars at the back of the mouth, and these are typically the last teeth to come through. This is called a wisdom tooth. 

The molars are also known as flat teeth. These molars form at the back of the mouth on both sides and are typically the last to come through. Wisdom teeth are usually formed from teenager years through to the early adult years, typically between the ages of 17 to 25 years. Wisdom teeth are attempting to erupt where there’s a lack of space for them to grow.

When this happens, to lessen the impact on your neighboring teeth, a wisdom teeth removal procedure would be recommended by the dentist. 

Lady suffering from toothache sensitivity

How Can I Reduce Swelling From Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Two areas will determine how well you recover from wisdom teeth removal. First, it depends on how complicated the procedure is and how well it went. Secondly, how well you look after the extracted area post-treatment at home.

You’ll eventually begin to experience swelling from wisdom teeth removal in and around your gums. It cannot be said how much swelling will appear after the wisdom tooth is extracted. There are, however, remedies that you can follow to reduce it.

The First 24 Hours

 

Apply A Cold Compress

It takes some time for the anesthesia to wear off, and, likely, you’ll still feel the effects of it 24 hours post-treatment.

To minimize swelling, apply a cold compress against the outer cheek of the mouth where the extraction occurred.  It is recommended that you keep this on hold for 15 minutes at a time throughout the day. You should begin to notice less swelling and more gradual movement of the mouth.

Doing this will reduce the fluid the underlying tissue receives and, therefore, will reduce swelling.

Avoid Food & Drink And Do Not Smoke

Sometimes, swelling can get worse if food debris is stuck within the affected area. For example, chewy foods can stick in the mouth, and the amount of effort it takes to bite down on chewy foods also increases the strain on your jaw.

You also want to make sure you don’t irritate your gums. This causes the facial area to exacerbate in size. Ideally, the extracted area must be kept clear for the first 24 hours. 

Additionally, if you consume alcohol and smoke, this should be avoided until the swelling clears up. Instead, if you’re thirsty, drink lukewarm water.

After 24 Hours

 

Apply A Warm Compress

When you enter 48 hours post-treatment, you can also apply a warm compress using a heat pack or a wet towel. Ensure the towel isn’t hot. Apply the warm compress for 20 minutes on and off.

Here Are Some Extra Tips

Keep your head elevated when lying down or before you to go sleep. If the pain is difficult to cope with, you can take over-the-counter pain relief medication to reduce any inflammation and discomfort.

Most people recover from swelling from wisdom teeth removal within three to four days. It may take a week, depending on how complex the removal process was. 

If you’ve recently had wisdom teeth removal treatment but are having complications with recovery, talk to your favorite Dentist Ashfield at Ashfield Family Dental and we’re more than happy to help.

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by Dr Johnson Tang

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