Swelling after dental surgery

How to handle swelling after dental surgery

swelling after dental surgery

Swelling after an invasive dental surgery is a normal occurrence.  It helps to have taken anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen) or steroid before the surgery.  Excessive post-op swelling occurs and can be handled with a little more hand holding and special instructions.

  • Sleep with head elevated
  • Antibiotic coverage (Amoxicillin if not allergic)
  • CHX rinse
  • Warm or cold compress mult times a day – depends who you talk to and at what stage of swelling.  Usually first 1-2 days use cold and then later switch to heat.
  • Continuation of ibuprofen
  • Time

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