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A 36-year-old member asked:

My cheek is swollen after upper molar (not wisdom tooth) extraction. is it normal to have pain throughout the inner cheek wall? it's been 4 days.

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Varies..: It varies... Depending on the type of extraction, the surgeons style and expertise and the patient, post surgery pain varies dramatically. Whatever you feel is real for you and your dentist can help you if there is a need for pain medication, medication for infection or swelling. Arnica is a good holistic over the counter anti inflammatory and pain aid.
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Not really: Sounds like you have a secondary infection. Return to the dr that took out the tooth. After 4 days you should be feeling pretty good under most circumstances.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Sometimes: Depending on the severity of the condition of the tooth that was extracted, it is possible to be swollen of have pain for several days. It is best to see the dentist who did the surgical procedure to rule out infection.
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
See your dentist: If you are on antibiotics they might not be working and you may need to switch to a different antibiotic. If you aren't on antibiotics yet - you should be.

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