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Why Do Cheeks Swell Up So Much After Oral Surgery?


Posted on 11/25/2019 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Why Do Cheeks Swell Up So Much After Oral Surgery?One of the things that we do for our patients that have oral surgery is to tell them what will happen before, during and after the surgery. One of the things that happens after the surgery is swelling.

The amount of swelling and the place where the swelling occurs will vary depending on what type of oral surgery you have, but it is common for the cheeks to swell up following the surgery. You need to know why this happens and the difference between normal swelling and swelling that could signal a problem.

The Cause of Swelling


The body uses swelling as one of its defenses against trauma. The swelling results from the increase in fluid and white blood cells to the area where the trauma occurred. As the area begins to heal, the amount of fluid and white blood cells moving to the area will go down. As that happens the swelling and the symptoms associated with the swelling that include pain, redness and inflammation, will also decrease.

What Happens with Oral Surgery


There are many different types of procedures when it comes to oral surgery. Some of the procedures are thought of as minor and routine and some are more complex. The amount of swelling in the cheeks and the amount of time it lasts will depend on several factors, including the type of surgery and the individual's body response to the surgery.

In most cases, swelling does not happen immediately after the surgery. The swelling can begin after a few hours or as long as 24 hours after the surgery. In general, the swelling should will reach its maximum amount in 48 to 72 hours. After that, the swelling and the symptoms associated with the swelling should begin to subside. There are several home remedies you can turn to help manage the swelling after oral surgery.

To learn more about how to deal with any swelling, contact our office to talk to one of our dental professionals.


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