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Post-op recommendations (for swelling)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 16, 2011 at 2:38 AM

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!

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

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on April 16, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Frig. Too late now. I'll keep that in mind, no more fish oil! Thanks guys

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

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on April 16, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Hannah, I've been doing that. Still, doesn't hurt to give all your options a go. The warm salt water also works great, so I agree with you there. Thanks for your input!

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Well, I tried it. Just finished a second ago. Not sure how much it helped, but at least I moved my jaw and muscles for about 20 minutes, so that's good in and of itself. Thanks guys

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

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on April 16, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Thanks, I'll throw some ice on it!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on April 16, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Fish oil post op can cause bleeding.....not good

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:28 PM

once you can eat food, then gentle swishing with oil should not cause any harm

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Yes, I didn't exercise my jaw enough at first- trying to be overly careful and it was to my detriment.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 16, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Oh ok. I stand corrected! Thanks Hannah.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on April 16, 2011
at 04:54 PM

I agree there's not much to "hack" with this- your body just needs to rest and repair.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on April 16, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Do not take extra fish oil right now, it can interfere with your body's ability to form blood clots. The entire healing of your mouth depends on the integrity of the blood clot that forms at the extraction sites, trust me you don't want anything thinning your blood right now. As for inflammation- this is a natural reaction to having bone yanked out of your face. Fish oil's anti-inflammatory activity is indicated for chronic inflammation like joint pain or heart disease, not trauma.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on April 16, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I don't see any reason to be oil pulling after mouth surgery, you need to be careful with everything you're doing with your mouth. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is a better idea IMO.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on April 16, 2011
at 04:14 PM

good luck and keep us posted Bruno - olive oil should be fine

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

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on April 16, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Doctor told me the same thing and I tried it. It really only helped to stop bleeding. I'll give it another go and hope! Thanks

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:02 PM

Thanks, I'll definitely try it. I only have olive oil on hand. Reading a few websites they're relatively vague on the issue of which oil to use. Thanks for your idea, though, I'll try it in a little bit!

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Good idea, have a big bottle right there and it hadn't even entered my mind. Thanks!

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

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on April 16, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Haha, I'm sure they would. How un-Grok of you. The doctor told me to ice it today but keep it warm tomorrow.

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on April 16, 2011
at 03:19 AM

I would suggest icing it, but surely someone here would bash me because Grok would be unlikely to have ice this time of year.

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Cc2a43461ec5b2b7ba5d55215ea0f068

on April 16, 2011
at 05:06 PM

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.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Thanks, I'll throw some ice on it!

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

(2065)

on April 16, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Yes, I didn't exercise my jaw enough at first- trying to be overly careful and it was to my detriment.

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C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on April 16, 2011
at 04:47 PM

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.

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2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on April 16, 2011
at 08:08 AM

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" !

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:14 PM

good luck and keep us posted Bruno - olive oil should be fine

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

(2065)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I don't see any reason to be oil pulling after mouth surgery, you need to be careful with everything you're doing with your mouth. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is a better idea IMO.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on April 16, 2011
at 05:28 PM

once you can eat food, then gentle swishing with oil should not cause any harm

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:02 PM

Thanks, I'll definitely try it. I only have olive oil on hand. Reading a few websites they're relatively vague on the issue of which oil to use. Thanks for your idea, though, I'll try it in a little bit!

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Hannah, I've been doing that. Still, doesn't hurt to give all your options a go. The warm salt water also works great, so I agree with you there. Thanks for your input!

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Well, I tried it. Just finished a second ago. Not sure how much it helped, but at least I moved my jaw and muscles for about 20 minutes, so that's good in and of itself. Thanks guys

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Ede6029838b9d17195c84bab64a5d88d

(181)

on April 16, 2011
at 03:26 AM

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.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

(2065)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:54 PM

I agree there's not much to "hack" with this- your body just needs to rest and repair.

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C04125022ecee650a5c2afd9dd24f2ba

on August 16, 2013
at 03:03 PM

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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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 16, 2011
at 09:55 AM

How about a couple of fish oil capsules for the anti-inflammatory action?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on April 16, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Fish oil post op can cause bleeding.....not good

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Good idea, have a big bottle right there and it hadn't even entered my mind. Thanks!

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on April 16, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Oh ok. I stand corrected! Thanks Hannah.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Frig. Too late now. I'll keep that in mind, no more fish oil! Thanks guys

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

(2065)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Do not take extra fish oil right now, it can interfere with your body's ability to form blood clots. The entire healing of your mouth depends on the integrity of the blood clot that forms at the extraction sites, trust me you don't want anything thinning your blood right now. As for inflammation- this is a natural reaction to having bone yanked out of your face. Fish oil's anti-inflammatory activity is indicated for chronic inflammation like joint pain or heart disease, not trauma.

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on April 16, 2011
at 03:37 AM

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.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on April 16, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Doctor told me the same thing and I tried it. It really only helped to stop bleeding. I'll give it another go and hope! Thanks

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