* Apply ice to jaws for 20 minutes on/20 minutes off, for four to six hours.
* The ice packs provided to you by your dentist are usually ice filled zip-lock bags.
* Replace ice in the bag as needed, wrapping a towel or cloth around it.
* Maximum swelling is expected within 36-48 hours and may last for several days.
* Ice after 24 hours is not beneficial.
* If the swelling is significant you may use moist heat compresses to help reduce it. The less swelling, the less pain.