Reducing the Swelling after Dental Procedures

May 14th, 2007 by admin

After you have oral surgery or a dental procedure, sometimes you will experience swelling within 24 hours.  Swelling after a dental procedure is performed can last for up to five to seven days and after the swelling subsides, you may get bruising on your face.  This could last for up to 10 days after oral surgery has been done.

However, there are simple ways you can reduce the swelling and bruising of your face after you have a dental procedure done. 

You can put a cold compress on the swollen area the first day after surgery.  Wrap up some ice cubes in a towel or use a bag of frozen vegetables.  Never apply heat to the swollen area in the first 24 hours after oral surgery.
When you apply the cold compress, keep it on for ten minutes, remove it for ten minutes and then put it back on the swollen area for another ten minutes.
Keep putting the cold compress on and off every ten minutes for the first 24 hours right after your oral surgery.
On the second day after your oral surgery, you will want to put a warm compress on the swollen area.  A warm compress can be a water bottle or heating pad wrapped in a towel.  Don’t use anything that is too hot and could burn your skin.  Using warmth actually increases circulation to decrease the swelling.

If your swelling continues to worsen 48 hours after surgery, or your swelling doesn’t go down within a week after surgery, call your dentist to find out your next step.

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