If you've recently had a tooth extraction, you may be wondering how to reduce the pain and swelling that often accompany the procedure. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to ensure a quick and healthy recovery. The first step is to apply an ice pack to the outside of the surgical site. This will help reduce swelling and provide relief from any discomfort.
Additionally, it's important to chew firmly on the gauze your dentist put on you. This will help form a blood clot in the dental cavity, which will help control bleeding. Bite on the gauze until the bleeding stops. It's normal for a little blood to come out on the first day, but gradually, when the wisdom tooth extraction site begins to heal and there is no pain or swelling, you can return to your normal diet. Swelling around the cheeks, gums, or surrounding areas is common after a tooth has been extracted and won't be visible until a day has passed after surgery.
The swelling and pain after a wisdom tooth is removed will last for some time and will improve within 2-3 days. It's important to follow the care instructions after wisdom tooth extraction to ensure a quick and healthy recovery. Generally speaking, mild swelling can be expected after simple tooth extraction surgery, but if it is a major surgery, such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth or more than one tooth, the swelling can be significant. In addition, longer, more difficult, or extensive tooth extractions cause greater surgical trauma and thus more postoperative edema. Finally, it's important to plan to rest for at least a few days after your wisdom tooth extraction. This will give your body time to heal and reduce any pain or swelling.