Tooth extraction complications: Tissue swelling.
The normal type of swelling that takes place after a tooth extraction (due to the tissue trauma caused by the extraction process) typically follows a characteristic path.
Any swelling that does form will reach its peak at that point 24 to 48 hours after your surgery. Then, after this maximum point has been reached, the swelling will slowly start to subside.
How tissue swelling is managed.
Post-tooth extraction swelling is managed in two stages.
- The first treatment stage, involving the first 24 hours after having your tooth pulled, focuses on attempting to minimize the total amount of swelling that forms.
- The second treatment stage (starting at 24 hours after your extraction and then beyond) deals with bringing down the swelling that has formed as quickly as possible.
Experiencing tissue swelling after an extraction is a very common.
Any tooth extraction has the potential to cause postoperative swelling. So, if you do notice some facial enlargement after your surgery, don't be overly alarmed.
Swelling doesn't always occur.
Swelling doesn't have to be expected in every case. As a rule of thumb, comparatively easier, less involved extractions are less likely to cause postoperative swelling (because they result in less tissue trauma).
What to expect.
As an example, if the tooth you're having removed is reasonably intact and has a relatively normal anatomy and positioning, it's likely that your dentist will be able to tease it out without too much difficulty. If so, you very well may not experience any significant amount of swelling at all.
On the other hand, it's not realistic to expect that you won't have at least some swelling after having an impacted wisdom tooth surgically removed.