My partner had her teeth pulled (19 of them) on the 21st, it's now the 30th. She is still having major swelling in her gums. The pain medicine isn't working and the ibuprofen isn't working (I give her the prescription dose). The only thing so far that's made the swelling go down was a steroid that the ER doctor gave her but it came back later that day. Please help so she can finally get through this?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 30 - September - 2012, at 23:37 PM

  • Swelling is a common complication after tooth extraction. Swelling after tooth extraction procedure is a normal body reaction and is indicator of normal progress of healing of tooth extraction socket. If swelling persists beyond 1week, then the patient needs to visit the dentist. After extensive surgical interference, simple inflammatory edema appears in adjacent tissues in most of the cases. This is unavoidable and is generally commensurate with the degree of surgical trauma. Swelling usually occurs after the tooth removal. The swelling can be there for as long as few weeks. The swelling can be treated by using an ice-pack or by pressing a bag of frozen peas against the cheek near the tooth which is removed. This will help to lessen the swelling. Alcohol, hot foods and drinks and work out immediately after the tooth extraction can aggravate the swelling. Warm saline rinses and hot moist compresses 1-2 days after tooth extraction will further help in reducing the swelling.For more info,visit the link

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