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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I got my wisdom teeth removed around three weeks ago, and my stitches did not fall off. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor,I got my wisdom teeth removed around three weeks ago. The inflammation of my face disappeared after the first six days, but the stitches still did not fall off. When I woke up this morning, I saw that one of my cheeks was swollen again. What does this mean, and what can I do?Thanks. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If the stitch is still there, it may cause infection due to food debris getting stuck to it, and thus it should be removed. Swelling is abnormal after three weeks. It is advisable to get an X-ray of the area to determine if there is an abs... Read Full »
I have a swollen cheek and tender gums. Should I seek dental help?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a swollen cheek that feels like a ball is inside, and it hurts slightly when I swallow. I also have tenderness on my gum line towards the back of my mouth, on the same side the swollen cheek is on. I am on no medication. Is this something I can handle on my own? Should I seek denta... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, these are symptoms of some infection in your posterior teeth. Which tooth is the culprit? And to what extent has infection extended? Only a dentist can tell after the clinical and radiographical examination. Meanwhile, it would be best to start following three m... Read Full »
My right cheek has swollen with painless, sticky boils. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I am 33 years old. My right cheek is swollen with boils for more than ten days. There is no pain but it feels sticky all over my face. Kindly help. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Our skin has many sweat and sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands secret sebum which keep our skin oily. It is necessary for the integrity of the skin. But excessive secretion makes our skin oily and sticky. Often dust... Read Full »
I have pain in my lower jaw with right cheek swelling, headache, and ear pain. What could be the reason?
Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in my lower jaw with right cheek swelling. I also have headache and ear pain. What could be the reason? Is it related to my wisdom tooth? Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and understand your concern. The age of eruption of wisdom teeth is from 17 to 21 years. Since they are the last ones to erupt, most of them do not get enough space in the jaw to erupt, which causes jaw pain, and swelling. Sometimes, t... Read Full »
Will the swelling in my jaw after an accident while skiing subside after medication, or should I consult a doctor?
Query: Hello doctor,I met with an accident and hit my jaw while skiing yesterday. I have a headache, and my cheek or jaw is still very swollen. I can chew normally but cannot open my mouth wide while yawning. I consulted a dentist for minor teeth chipping, and they did an X-ray. The dentist said that he co... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), I can see that you suffer from contusion of the soft tissue around the jaw with a sprain in the temporomandibular joint ligaments. You do not have any bone injury because you can chew f... Read Full »
I bite my cheek every time during chewing and even during rest. Please help?
Query: Hi doctor, Every time I bite down, I bite my cheek, and it is really painful to eat, which started today. Also, when just resting my mouth, it is painful to close it because I bite a piece of my cheek. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Upon review, cheek bit can be the reason; it can be due to the following. 1) Cheek bite could be due to protrusion of tooth outside of the socket, either upper or lower, which brings the cheek in between teeth-probable cause bruxism. 2) Another cause of cheek bite could ... Read Full »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »