Posted on 3/25/2020 by Progressive Oral Surgery
|There are many different types of oral surgery procedures. However, many of them have one thing in common: swelling. Swelling is a side-effect of trauma and our body's way of telling us something is damaged.
Swelling occurs because our body releases various chemicals after being injured. These chemicals make their way to the site of the trauma and cause the area to swell.
Swelling is often times seen as an annoyance more than anything. This is most likely because people associate swelling with physical pain. Though swelling is part of our body's natural healing process, reducing it can help reduce pain. There are a few things you can do after your oral surgery to reduce swelling.
How to Reduce SwellingAfter your oral surgery, your cheeks will most likely be slightly swollen. The first step you can do to reduce it is to use an ice pack. In order to use an ice pack, place it inside an old T-shirt. This will help protect your skin. Place the pack on both cheeks and hold it there for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the ice pack and wait 15 minutes. After waiting, you can apply the pack again. Keep doing this for up to an hour.
The next thing you can do is take anti-inflammatory pain medication. In most cases, we will make sure that you get a prescription for an anti-inflammatory medication after your surgery. Make sure to take it at the appropriate times so that it can help you.
If cheek swelling continues for more than a few days, there's a chance your mouth has become infected. Infection will prevent your mouth from healing properly and could make it impossible to heal fully. If you think you're experiencing an infection, please call us immediately. We will be able to help you deal with your infection.
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