How bad will the swelling be after extractions/implants?
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Swelling period after implant surgery
The majority of swelling usually occurs the third day after surgery. To keep the swelling to a minimum, you can use cold packs on your face, 15 minutes on then 15 minutes off, for a couple of cycles. You should take it easy the day of your surgery and probably the next day as well. After the bleeding stops, you can eat soft foods. If you've been given antibiotics, take them as prescribed and make sure you finish the course. Sleeping in a recliner or with a couple pillows to elevate your head can help keep the swelling down as well. It's difficult to predict the amount of swelling any individual will experience, or if you will still be taking pain medication on Monday.