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When is Ice Safe Following Oral Surgery?

Posted on 9/15/2018 by Doctor Haigney
When is Ice Safe Following Oral Surgery?One of the most frequent complaints our patients report following oral surgery is the swelling of the face. This swelling is entirely normal the trauma to the area. Once the patient is in the post-operative recovery room, we will monitor him or her closely and determine when it is safe to send them home.

Once you are stable and we are confident the bleeding is under control, you can be sent home to start your recovery.

Using Ice After Oral Surgery

Bleeding is normal after any surgery, but it should not be gushing from the wound. Applying pressure by biting on a clean gauze can help with bleeding. Many patients report that using a tea bag also helps. Tea contains tannic acid, which promotes forming a blood clot by constricting the blood vessels, which is essential to get better.

Swelling is another common result of tooth extraction and other forms of oral surgery. Ice packs can be used immediately to minimize swelling, which can peak on the second or third day after oral surgery. We will send you home with an ice pack you should place on the surgical area.

If you can't tolerate the cold for an extended period, you can alternate 20-minutes on and 20-minutes off as much as possible for the first 36 to 48-hours. After that, ice doesn't have much of an impact on swelling. Remember that swelling will peak on the second or third day following surgery.

A tip that works well to keep the ice packs in place, on either side of the face simultaneously, is cutting a pair of pantyhose at the thigh, putting the ice packs halfway down the leg and tying the ends of it on top of the head. To prepare for your surgery, you can practice using this method, so you are ready when the time comes. If you have any questions about using ice following your surgery, please give us a call.
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