Hey, Paleo Hackers!
I got my wisdom teeth out today and my face is, as you can imagine, swollen like crazy!
My question is: are there any Paleo post-op recommendations to reduce the swelling? I'm fine with topical or ingesting it, that's no big deal.
Really any post-op recommendations would be great. Looking in my pantry/fridge, all I've got is beef broth cause it still kinda hurts to chew anything.
Anyway, thanks all!
To help swelling go down faster chew gum as much as you want after a few days out of surgery. I know it sounds like a bad idea, but that was the standard recommendation from my oral surgeon after my wisdom teeth were pulled.
After the trauma of surgery and the lack of "exercise" your jaw gets from avoiding chewing, your muscles start to lock up. This prevents the swelling from going down in a more timely way. My surgeon described the gum chewing as physical therapy for the jaw. As soon as I started using the chewing gum, my terrible swelling finally started to go down.
You may want to call your surgeon's office and ask when you can start chewing gum, I think I started after day three.
I hate to be the one to say it, but when mine were pulled (two severely impacted, one easy impacted and an extraction), the only thing that brought down the swelling was ice. And more than just the 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Tea bags are actually to help stop bleeding. The swelling was gone after about 24 hours. But, it took ice.
As for food - soft food only for a few days. I happen to have a thing for tapioca, so my mom made me a quadruple batch. Eggs, yogurt, crushed fruit for a couple days. Someone mentioned exercising your jaw - be sure to move it around. I actually had a bruised nerve, so that set it off, but you do want to maintain flexibility because it's a bear to have to undo.
Hope all this advice helps.
Swelling is part of the healing process. It usually subsides after 2-3 days. I just had my gum grafs surgery done few months ago and the area was swollen for 3 days. My personal opinion is we should not interfere with how body handles repair process. I did not even take antibiotics and the wound healed OK.
Go easy on chewing, I would rely on broths and butter/plain yougurt/sour cream and similar soft products.
Oil-pulling for all oral problems appears to offer a lot of benefits. It is a simple procedure, minimal costs, and difficult to see any disadvantage. Its relationship to all things Paleo is that the process is supposed to replicate the consumption of a lot of fatty meats (at least the chewing part - you don't swallow so no calorie problems). There are plenty of sites to google for instruction on what to do - ignore those sites that are trying to sell you something for the advice as it really is very easy to do and there are plenty of free sites. However as Dr. Harris would say, there are "no magic pills" !
When my daughter had oral surgery her doc said we could use a tea bag for swelling. I think you just moisten (black tea) bag and put on area that needs it. She had two teeth exposure procedure. So, not exactly the same. Supposed to reduce swelling. It was part of her take home kit.
Cold ice packs, on and off at 10 minute intervals, in first 24 hours. Warm compress to increase circulation thereafter. It has been proven in numerous studies that ice is no longer beneficial 24 hours post surgery. Hope that helps!
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