A 21-year-old female asked:
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i have an implant now and i haven't been to the dentist since. recently my left cheek started swelling and my left lymph node underneath my jawline is swollen and not painful. what could be the cause?

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Dr. John Biery
Specializes in Family Medicine
Saliva gland: The saliva gland is probably partially blocked . You need to use some lemon to stimulate the release of saliva to help the blocked gland. If that doesn't help in 2 days set up an appointment with an Ear Nose & Throat Dr as soon as possible.
Answered on Feb 1, 2015
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
More info needed...: Is implant on left side, too? Any swelling needs to immediately be addressed. Please call your dentist to have your mouth examined to determine any contributing factors.
Answered on Aug 31, 2015
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
51 years experience Dentistry
Could: could be a number of things, not enough information from you to speculate, see a/or your dentist for better understanding of the problem/situation.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
43 years experience Dentistry
Infection: you have some type of infection. go back to your dentist
Answered on Feb 1, 2015
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Dr. James Merrett
29 years experience Dentistry
Swelling/lymph node.: Unfortunately, you have not provided enough information for a comprehensive diagnosis. I would suggest you see your Dentist to determine if this is even related to the implant. It could be so many other things??
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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Dr. John Thaler
41 years experience Prosthodontics
Hard to say: need more info and exam . Possible that it is an infection related to the implant. Is it in the same area ? How long ago was the implant done ? Go back to the dentist who placed the implant - tomorrow. Good Luck.
Answered on Feb 1, 2015
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Dr. Paul Grin
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36 years experience Pain Management
See your surgeon: for evaluation, x-rays and treatment options.
Answered on Aug 31, 2015
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Swelling: There are a number of things that can cause swelling in your cheek. The only way to find out is to see a dentist for an exam, diagnosis and treatment. Don't wait any longer. Call today.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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Dr. Stephen Pyle
39 years experience Dentistry
Probably not implant: It is unlikely to be related to the implant, especially if the implant has not been uncovered. An X-ray of the implant should be able to tell you if ii is contributing to the swelling.
Answered on Feb 1, 2015
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Simple or serious...: This could be lots of things... some go away on their own, others are life threatening. Without more information, I can't help. Determine how much swelling and discomfort you have. Is it getting worse or better? Do over-the-counter medications help? Is this affecting your life? Any of these could be enough reason to have a dentist or physician take a look.
Answered on Feb 8, 2015
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Dr. Abraham Thomas
28 years experience Dentistry
Dental Implant: If your dental implant is on the left side, you should be examined by a dentist immediately to determine if there is an infection involving the implant. Oral swellings due to infection can become serious very quickly.
Answered on Apr 2, 2015
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Dr. Harvey Brooks
90 years experience Dentistry
regular checkups are necessary. For your implant and the rest of your oral cavity.
Feb 5, 2015
Dr. Jayang Vora
48 years experience Dentistry
Can not 2 nd guess: you sound like possible infection but without X-ray can not guess what is the cause. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 17, 2015
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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Possible infection: You should seek the guidance of either an ear nose and throat doctor or a dentist who can tell you if there is an infection happening. Is the swelling underneath the implant directly? It is imperative to have it checked to avoid losing the implant if it is involved and it may require an antibiotic.
Answered on Jun 25, 2016
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Dr. David May
Dr. David May answered
30 years experience Dentistry
Infection: Swollen check and lymph nodes are signs of infection. There would not necessarily be any pain involved. Please see your dentist or Oral Surgeon. It may or may not have anything to do with your implant.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
Dr. Elton Behner
37 years experience Dentistry
See dentist: asap. You do not want to wait and risk an infection around the implant or any teeth for that matter.
Answered on Mar 17, 2015
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
38 years experience Dentistry
See dentist ASAP: See your dentist immediately. The dentist will ascertain if this is related or not related to the implant. You do not mention if you had the tooth restored or just had the implant placed and never followed through. See your dentist to alleviate your concerns.
Answered on Aug 31, 2015
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Dr. Stephen Enriquez
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Infection: An infection is quite possible. Please seek help from your doctor
Answered on Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
51 years experience Dentistry
Swollen cheek: Impossible to accurately diagnose without a clinical and visual examination. Go see your dentist and have it properly evaluated,
Answered on Jul 25, 2015
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Probable: Probable infection. Depending on location may or may not be related to implant or adjacent tooth. Any pain/bleeding/swelling requires immediate investigation and aggressive treatment. Please call the Dentist/Periodontist/Oral Surgeon who placed the implant. And once infection cleared, have final restoration placed on implant.
Answered on Aug 29, 2015
Dr. Pavanjit Chhabra
19 years experience Dentistry
Infection: Don't wait till it really flares up in the middle of the night and you can't find anyone to help you. Go have it checked out. Most likely it is an infection. But need to be evaluated immediately.
Answered on Oct 3, 2015
Dr. Robert Douglas
51 years experience Orthodontics
Infection: You have an infection. See your dentist.
Answered on Oct 29, 2015
Dr. Richard Reinitz
39 years experience Prosthodontics
Infection: There a number of problems both dental and nondental that may be causing your symptoms. The implant could be failing, you may have an impacted wisdom tooth, it may be an infection from a blocked salivary gland duct. The only sure way to know is go see a dentist.
Answered on Oct 19, 2015
Dr. Alan Zweig
45 years experience Dentistry
You answered: It is possible that you answered your own question. Sounds like you have an infection. It could be from the implant, or another tooth or something else entirely. It seems as if it is time to see a dentist.
Answered on Oct 27, 2015
Dr. Jonathan Engel
39 years experience Dentistry
See a dentist ASAP : While it might be related to your implant it may be from another tooth or other sources. See s dentist as soo. As you can. We know today that infections in the mouth can affect other areas of your body
Answered on Nov 26, 2015
Dr. Robert Brodsky
58 years experience Dentistry
Possible infection: It sounds like there is some bacterial activity going on in that area. Get to see your dentist asap. It would be nice to save the implant, if possible.
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
Dr. Charles Lockhart
9 years experience Dentistry
Dental visit: hard to tell without a visual exam. Advise dental visit to intercept a bigger problem.
Answered on Apr 9, 2016
Dr. Irina Hayrapetyan
12 years experience Dentistry
Visit Dentist: You need to see a Dentist for Examination and X rays.
Answered on May 8, 2016
Dr. Keith Hollander
36 years experience Dentistry
Cheek swelling: You didnt mention if the implant is near where the swelling is. Cheek swelling could be from infection of a backed up salivary gland. The raised node is also an indication of infection. An infection in this area can become life threatening very quickly. You should seek care from a dentist or physician immediately
Answered on Oct 13, 2017
Dr. Jerry Brown
53 years experience Prosthodontics
A Dental Visit! Huh!: Good day; What an appropriate time to consider scheduling a dental appointment! Inquire at local hospital, or possibly a colleague could recommend a convenient dentist. Or young people find the internet the ideal mechanism to find physicians or dentists.
Answered on Aug 29, 2017
Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
4 years experience Dentistry
Infection: See your dentist as soon as possible. You most likely have an infection. The dentist would take x-rays and evaluate to determine the cause.
Answered on Sep 19, 2017

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