Last fall, I had two wisdom teeth removed. In all likelihood, your dentist will give you a detailed sheet of what to expect and do, post-extraction.
Somewhere on that list, you’ll be told to ice. Do it, and not just once for 20 minutes! Use that ice-pack often throughout the day. (Ask your dentist how long you need to wait before the next icy hit.)
It made a huge difference for me. In fact, the whole experience became a non-event. No chipmunk cheeks, no bruising, and very little in the way of pain medications.
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