Swollen Cheek

A swollen cheek occurs as a result of a minor infection or injury. The other causes are tooth abscess, preeclampsia, cellulitis, anaphylaxis, pericoronitis, mumps, facial injury, etc. Applying a cold compress on the swollen area helps to relieve symptoms.

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Will toothache with swelling cause restricted mouth opening?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a toothache, a top rearmost tooth on the right-hand side. And I had gotten rid of it with Ibuprofen four days ago. But now I have a new problem. My right cheek has inflamed and painful. It also hurts when I open my mouth wide enough to even let a spoon in so I can barely eat. That ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. As per your history, I suspect it is a third molar infection as it leads to restricted mouth opening. I suggest you take the following medications: 1) Tablet Amoxyclav (Amoxicillin with Clavulanic acid) 625 mg, one tablet twice a day afte...  Read Full »

How to manage a decayed tooth presenting with swollen cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I visited my dentist for a decayed tooth and infected gums. The dentist failed to extract the tooth, as Novocaine did not work because of the infection. Now my cheek is swollen and painful. I was prescribed Amoxicillin and Vicodin.  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The swelling of your cheek is due to infection extending from your tooth and root apex into the underlying bone and the facial surface and has reached the soft tissues (muscle and fat). This infection can spread further to the adjacent areas and cause bacteremia (bacteri...  Read Full »

How to manage a burning sensation on the cheeks due to food allergy?

Query: Hi doctor,A year ago I got skin allergy with food. I had no idea what had I eaten. My face was full of rashes, swollen and with burning sensation. I went to emergency room they gave me antibiotic for one week which I had to complete the course, but I felt as half healed because rashes, swelling in m...  Read Full »


Dr. Abdel Hakam Soliman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send me a close and focused photos of the affected areas, until that, you better do not scratch or squeeze it, do not leave any soap residue, avoid sun exposure. You can use any emollient many times daily and Desloratadine tablet twice daily orally.  Read Full »

What could be the reason for painful swollen cheek?

Query: Hello doctor, My right inner cheek is swollen. This happened for the second time this month. The swollen cheek falls between the teeth while talking or eating. I am having pain too.  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. The swelling should be the reason for any tooth infection associated with the right lower back tooth region in the least case. If that is ruled out during a dental consultation, then it could be the infection...  Read Full »

Why is my cheek sore after a filling?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a tooth filling approximately 10 hours ago and felt excruciating pain when the local anesthesia was injected. I experienced pain from my cheek all the way up to my temple. The dentist was very rushed and just told me that the pain and numbing sensation could last for up to 2 hours...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have mentioned that you regained sensation, which means the nerve was anesthetized properly and has reverted too. The numbness, pain, and swelling in your cheek might be due to accidental injection into the cheek muscles. I want you to check yourself if you can ope...  Read Full »

There is swelling and pain in cheek due to decayed tooth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had pain recently in a tooth that has a hole in it for several months and the pain has been horrible and a couple of days back, I woke up with swollen cheek on the side of my bad tooth and pain is also there. When I touch my cheek, pain shoots down to my tooth and I do not know...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and I can understand your concern. As per your history, it seems to me that you are having acute apical periodontitis with related buccal space infection. You need antibiotics for at least five days, so have non-steroidal anti-inflammat...  Read Full »

I have ear pain and swollen cheek after tooth extraction. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had four wisdom teeth cut out and one permanent tooth on the 25th, three teeth on one side and two things on the other side on 28th. My left ear started to hurt and is still hurting but my right ear is not. The bottom of my cheek is sore and still a little swollen and near my teeth ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Some throbbing pain and discomfort are normal for a week after extraction. If the pain is severe even after five days, it means you may have a dry socket condition. Also, if the ear pain is severe, you may have an active infection. Continue antibiotics. Use warm sal...  Read Full »

Cheek is swollen and numb after RCT. Is this a dental emergency?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5 year old (turns 6 next month) has gone for a root canal a few hours ago. I was not with him but they told me that they used a gel anesthetic, if it matters. Now, he is back and his cheek on the treated side is swollen and numb, and he seems to have difficulty smiling or speaking ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is normal. The numbness will go away in a couple of hours. The swelling may remain for two days. Give all prescribed antibiotics and painkillers as suggested. For more information consult a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/d...  Read Full »

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