When a tooth is impacted, it means that there is not enough room in an arch to accommodate the growth of the tooth. When impacted teeth are removed, it is not uncommon to expect some pain or swelling. To help reduce the swelling, you can apply cold compresses to the cheek. The dentist will also prescribe pain medication to help alleviate your pain. Remember to take the prescription as director. Try to avoid eating near the extraction area and modify your diet for the few days following your surgery in order to encourage healing.