How to make wisdom teeth swelling go down

Tooth extraction with a dental instrument with forceps.

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Just got your wisdom teeth removed or maybe you are even starting to experience swelling from your wisdom teeth coming in? We will go over some of the best tips to make the swelling go down.

The number one question after getting your wisdom teeth removed is How to make wisdom teeth swelling go down? A very common side affect of getting your wisdom teeth or third molars removed is swelling. These third morals start to emerge from your mouth in teenagers or early adulthood. Since wisdom tooth removal is a very common producer (with over 10 million people a year having the surgery), the side affects people experience are very diverse. Someone patients report no problems, while other report at least one.

Wisdom teeth swelling is one of the more common issue patients report whether they just got their wisdom teeth removed, or they are starting to come in. This can be painful and cause a lot of discomfort in the mouth.

If you are having swelling from your wisdom teeth here are out top 5 tips to make the swelling go down.

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  1. Apply cold compress to the mouth – One of the first things that gets suggested in any area of swelling is the cold compress. Applying a cold compress; like a cold washcloth to the outside of your cheek can help and bring the swelling down. To make your own cold compress at home you could:
    • Fill a plastic zip bag with ice and wrap it in a towel
    • Use a bag of frozen vegetables from your freezer same with the plastic zip bag, just wrap it in a towel.
  2. Take Over the counter pain medications or pain medication prescribed from your surgeon – Also take advice from your surgeon on pain medications. You may be prescribed pain medication after your appointment. If you are not prescribed any pain medication talk to your surgeon or primary care doctor and see if you can take some over the counter pain medication to help the swelling go down. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce the swelling.
  3. Warm saltwater rinse – To help the swelling go down you need to keep down infection and bacteria in your mouth. In addition to good oral hygiene you can do a warm saltwater rinse to keep the swelling down. The saltwater till reduce the risk of infection and promote the healing process.
    1. BONUS TIP – Along the same lines Practice good oral hygiene – make sure you are still brushing your teeth twice a day and using a soft toothbrush. You can also use some mouthwash to kill bacteria and keep your breath fresh!
  4. Avoid the hard and chewy foods – hard and chewy food will not only be difficult, but it will also irritated your moth more, stick to soft food, like smoothies or soup.
  5. And the most important Follow the instruction for your surgeon/dentist – They know best in this situation, you are their patient after all! Any instructions they gave you make your you follow, and if they gave you any medication take it. Keep up with your follow up appointments.