If the oral trauma is severe enough, you can expect swelling around the affected gum. If extraction is necessary, we need to reduce the swelling first before going through with the procedure.
Unfortunately, the task of treating the swollen part is all up to you. We can provide the medication and give you advice, but we can only do so much. To be sure, it will take a lot of discipline and effort on your part. Time is the greatest healer, and that's true in this case.
Helpful Tips to Reduce Swelling
In case of swelling due to an oral injury, ice is your best friend. Get a cold pack, or you can fashion one on your own using ice cubes wrapped in a clean cloth. Frozen meat can also be used as an alternative if you don't mind the smell.
Just rub it against your cheek for 10 to 20 minutes. You do this at least three times a day. When the swelling has gone down, you can shift to a heat pack and press it to the affected area.
Your head should be elevated always, especially when you are sleeping in order to reduce swelling. In the next two days right after you sustained the oral injury, avoid taking a hot shower or soaking in a hot tub.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are best taken after the 24-hour period has lapsed after noticing a swelling in the injured area. You should also take extra care not to overuse the medication because of their many side effects.
If there's still swelling in the affected area, limit your diet to cold foods, soups, fluids and soft foods. In this way, you don't aggravate the infected gum.
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