A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough space in the dental arch to accommodate its growth. Surgery is sometimes required to remove the tooth. Following the surgery, there can be mild discomfort and swelling. A cold compress can help alleviate some of the swelling.
If your doctor prescribes a pain medication, it should be taken as directed. To encourage faster healing, patients will be asked not to chew on the side of the extraction for 2 to 3 days following the procedure.