my dentist recommended that i only use cold packs to reduce swelling the day of the surgery. i had surgery yesterday, and the swelling has increased, of course. but i'm wondering why i can't continue use of cold packs. he suggested hot compress, but i feel like this would only make me feel worse. i'm experiencing the usual: swelling, pain and slight pressure from the swelling. does this have anything to do with preventing dry socket?
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