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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Treating Pain and Swelling After Teeth Pulling



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.


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