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Tooth extraction

Surgical removal of a tooth

All surgical interventions cause swelling in the area of the surgery. The swelling is at its maximum the day after the surgery and subsides within 4–7 days. In order to prevent and reduce the swelling, the surgical site must be cooled; to do that, an ice bag is placed externally on the area after the procedure. The cold compress should be applied on the day of the operation, but not for more than 20 minutes at a time, with at least 30 minute breaks in between. The swelling may increase for the first 2–4 days, and then it will start to decrease. From the third day after the surgery onwards, the healing of the surgery area can be accelerated by warming (water bottle, hot water bag); it is recommended to do this for 15–20 minutes at a time, 1–3 times a day. The swelling is often accompanied by a difficulty to open the mouth, which disappears as the swelling subsides. To maintain the ability to open the mouth, it is advisable to perform exercises by pressing on the upper and lower teeth with the thumb and index finger.

To reduce swelling, it is advisable to sleep with the head elevated for the first 2–3 nights. Under no circumstances should you apply compresses (chamomile, vodka, etc.) on the wound!


High fever may occur the day after the surgery, despite treatment. A course of antibiotics will be prescribed if you are at a risk of inflammation. In the event of an allergic reactions to a medicine, discontinue taking the medicine but contact your doctor immediately and they will prescribe a new medicine if necessary. Follow your doctor’s prescriptions carefully and take the medication that supports your treatment according to the regimen.

Taking antibiotics not prescribed by the doctor is not allowed!

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