According to WebMD, swelling and other effects of tooth extraction typically last just a few days. Twenty-four hours after the procedure, swelling is effectively treated with several warm salt water rinses daily.
WebMD recommends several other ways to limit discomfort during the days immediately following an extraction. During the first day, an ice pack should be placed on the outside of the affected cheek. After that period, warm, moist compresses work best. Soft foods should be consumed, but straws should be avoided.
A wisdom tooth is a commonly pulled tooth, WebMD reports. There are several possible reasons for this extraction, such as reducing crowding among back teeth, preventing gum disease and tooth decay and avoiding complications caused by an impacted or partially emerged tooth.