Swelling-Related Questions

What to expect after surgery:

Facial swelling is expected for more invasive oral surgical procedures. These include deeply impacted wisdom teeth and bone grafting procedures. Surgical swelling reaches its maximum in 36-48 hours after surgery. Most people feel great the day following surgery and then notice increase in swelling the following day. This is absolutely normal and there is no need to be alarmed. The swelling will gradually resolve over the next three to five days.  No or minimal swelling is expected if the surgical procedure was performed in a conservative fashion. These include most extractions and dental implant procedures.

How to minimize swelling:

To minimize surgical swelling, apply ice to affected facial area for 24 hours. Use the ice pack provided with your instructions and packet. Place the ice bag over the face for 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off. The ice packs are reusable. Simply place it in your freezer for about 15-20 minutes and restart using it.

Swelling after 3-5 days after surgery:

If swelling develops three to five days after surgery, this is most likely due to infection. In this case, continue with prescribed antibiotics and call your oral surgeon for instructions. Do not put ice or heat over the area.

Gum tissue swelling:

Your gum tissue around the surgical site may also be swollen for a few days. It is normal. It gradually resolves in 5-7 days after surgery. Make sure to continue aggressive rinsing and be gentle with your diet.