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Keeping the swelling down

Your face may swell in the first 24 hours after oral surgery. The

swelling may last for five to seven days. Once the swelling starts to

go down, your face may bruise. The bruising could last for up to 10

days after your surgery.

What to do to rduce swelling

On the first day after surgery, put a cold compress on the swollen

area. To make a cold compress, wrap ice cubes in a towel, or use a

bag of frozen vegetables such as peas.

Keep the cold compress there for 10 minutes. Take it off for 10

minutes, then put it back on for another 10 minutes.

Repeat this procedure over and over again for the first 24 hours

after surgery.

On the second day after surgery, put something warm on the swollen

area, like a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, or a heating pad

wrapped in a towel. The warmth will increase blood flow (or

circulation) and decrease swelling. Do not use anything hot enough to

burn your skin.

Call your dentist or oral surgeon if the swelling keeps getting worse

48 hours after surgery, or if the swelling does not go down within

seven days after surgery.

What not do do

Do not apply heat to the swollen area in the first 24 hours after

surgery as it will only make the swelling worse. I hope this will

help you and the best of luck.


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