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How to Treat Swelling After Teeth Extraction

author image Lisa Porter
Lisa Porter began writing professionally in 2009. She writes for various websites and has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.
How to Treat Swelling After Teeth Extraction
A young woman holding an ice pack to her cheek. Photo Credit: AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images

Most oral surgery patients experience some bleeding and swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours after a tooth extraction. Fortunately, simple home remedies can help you control and treat these symptoms and promote faster healing. If swelling and pain worsens after two days or persists without change after one week, contact your oral surgeon.

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Step 1

Place damp gauze over the wound to control bleeding after the extraction. Change this gauze every 30 minutes or according to the schedule your oral surgeon recommends.

Step 2

Apply an ice pack to the outside of your face at the site of the extraction. Leave the ice pack on for 10 to 20 minutes and then take it off for 10 to 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle continuously for the first 12 to 24 hours after your surgery. Continue icing even while sleeping if possible.

Step 3

Keep your head elevated for the first 12 to 24 hours after your surgery, including while sleeping, if possible.

Step 4

Apply moist heat to the swollen area 36 hours after the extraction.

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