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Why Do Our Cheeks Swell Following Oral Surgery?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
female patient closing her eyes and holding her hand to her jaw in painFollowing oral surgery, there are several side effects that you may experience aside from headaches and localized pain. Swollen cheeks are a common occurrence, and there are various reasons why this swelling occurs after oral surgery.

The Reasons Behind Cheeks Swelling

After oral surgery, your cheeks may swell as your body mends the damaged tissues. Oral surgery can often be traumatic for the body, prompting it to hasten the healing process at the surgical site. Although swelling may cause discomfort, it is important to recognize that it is a natural and healthy response. It signifies that your body is actively working to recover from the procedure.

Following swollen cheeks post-oral surgery, a common concern is the duration of swelling. Fortunately, this swelling typically subsides relatively quickly. It is anticipated to peak approximately 36 hours after the procedure. Although you may experience some swelling for a few days, it generally does not intensify. However, if the swelling worsens, it could indicate a potential infection. In such instances, contacting us promptly for further evaluation and treatment is imperative.

With swollen cheeks, you need to be cautious when using your mouth. Note that the swelling will most impact the cheeks around the surgery area. Therefore, avoid using that side of your mouth to reduce this comfort. You should also avoid eating hot foods as they can cause sharp pain following an oral surgery.

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Cheek swelling following oral surgery is common, but fortunately, several effective methods exist to manage it. Our professionals can prescribe medications designed to reduce swelling and promote healing. Additionally, applying a warm compress to the swollen area three days after the surgery can provide relief and aid in reducing swelling. Moreover, maintaining an elevated head position when lying down helps alleviate pressure on the cheeks, further assisting in reducing swelling.

These simple yet effective measures can significantly enhance your comfort and promote a smoother recovery following oral surgery. For more information on managing swollen cheeks after oral surgery, we encourage you to visit our offices.

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