Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Swelling after wisdom teeth removal is a common occurrence which will normally disappear with time as the body heals itself.

Pain and Swelling after wisdom teeth removal

Pain and swelling

The amount a person suffers from pain and swelling will fluctuate depending on the individual. Almost everyone that has their wisdom teeth removed will experience some level of discomfort caused by pain and or swelling in the mouth.

The amount of swelling that occurs is normally comparable to the complexity of the surgery that the patient has undergone. Most swelling will not appear until the day after the wisdom teeth extraction with swelling tending to reduce in most people after 2 days.


Can I prevent swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Some amount of swelling will occur regardless of what you do. This is the bodies way of providing extra blood into the affected area to assist in healing the wound. The only way to completely prevent swelling is to not have your wisdom teeth removed.


How can you reduce swelling after wisdom teeth removal?

Most swelling can be reduced by using cold items (like ice packs or a bag of frozen peas) and applying it directly to the side of your face which has the swelling. If you are still feeling the affects of the anesthetic then only do this sparingly as you may end up giving yourself frostbite.


Cold items should be used for the first day of swelling, after this warm/hot items should be used. The reason for this is that you will want to get the blood flowing into the area after the first day to speed up the healing process. The best way to do this is to microwave a heat pack or a face/hand towel until warm and apply them to the side of your face where the swelling is worst.


There are a number of options available to sufferers of mouth swelling. The following product wraps around your head and contains a pack which can be used for either hot or cold application. The main benefit to this face caddy is that you free up both your hands for other tasks while still applying either hot or cold to the affected area.

Note: This face caddy comes with a pack included.


If you don’t mind holding onto something then this ice bag should do fine for cold application.


And this heat pack for hot application.


Where will the swelling occur?

Common places for swelling after wisdom teeth removal are:

  • Mouth
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Cheeks
  • Sides of the face
  • Eyes


How long does swelling last after wisdom teeth extraction?

The normal amount of time for swelling to reduce is 2 days. Do not be alarmed if the swelling extends to 3 days as some people naturally heal faster than others. If you continue to experience swelling for more than 3 days it would be best to contact your dentist or local doctor and ensure there are no underlying problems preventing a reduction in swelling.



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