How to handle 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