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A 41-year-old female asked:

I have a golf ball size lump in lower jaw the day before oral surgery. how many days til i start to worry? using heat & motrin

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Oh no!: Start to worry now! and do not use heat! call your dentist immediately and if it's after hours there is usually a 24/7 emergency number. If you can't get in touch with the dentist, go to a 24/7 emergency medical facility or the emergency room of a local hospital. You need to be on the proper dose of an appropriate antibiotic and may need drainage of an acute infection.
Dr. Jeffrey Gitelman
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Possible infection: Sounds like infection-your oral surgeon should be able to handle this easily. Call their office and relate what is happening-they might want to start you on an antibiotic. Nothing really to worry about-just need to be seen.

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Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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