Dental surgery can be a stressful experience, and the body's natural response is to swell and cause pain. While you can't prevent this reaction, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce swelling and discomfort after oral surgery. For the first 24 hours after the procedure, it is recommended to use an ice pack to reduce swelling. Ice is known to reduce swelling and relieve pain or discomfort by constricting blood vessels, causing minimal fluid to flow out of tissues near or at the site of the procedure.
This helps the swelling to subside, so that when the second or third day comes, it won't be as significant. After the first 24 hours, it is best to switch from an ice pack to a heating pad or a wet heating pad. This will help to further reduce swelling and provide relief from any lingering pain or discomfort. Justin Dessereaux, from New Haven Dental Group, are compassionate, highly qualified dentists who believe in providing friendly service to patients who need dental care. They understand that dental surgery can be a stressful experience and are dedicated to helping their patients through every step of the process.