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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Treating Pain and Swelling After Teeth Pulling

04/30/2006

Question:

My husband just had 21 teeth pulled and dentures put in. He has a lot of swelling and pain. Is there anything that we can do to help with the pain and swelling? He's on pain pills and is putting ice on his face.

Answer:

I would encourage him to follow the directions given to him by the dentist who removed the teeth.  Ice does help take down the swelling, as will an anti-inflammatory medication.  The anti-inflammatory may be a part of the pain medication that he is taking.  For example, vicodin contains tylenol.  Your pharmacist should also be able to tell you whether an anti-inflammatory is part of the pain medication.

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Response by:

Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD
Professor of Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University