A member asked:

Is it possible to have an infection in my cheek from a tooth?

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Dr. John DeWolf answered

Specializes in

Yes: A tooth infection can spread to other areas if severe. It could also be unrelated to a tooth yet still require diagnosis and treatment to be properly managed. For example, a salivary gland in your cheek could be the source of infection. Swelling there could also be caused by a salivary stone and not be an infection at all. Get a dental exam to find the answer.

Answered 10/6/2015

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Dr. Donald Colantino answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Usually not: Infected teeth generally involve the gums with formation of a periapical abcess and the actual infection would not extend to the cheek although reactive swelling of the face is common. If you have facial swelling an oral surgeon is qualified to evaluate and treat you however and he/she would inspect your mouth and teeth and order xrays as needed.

Answered 4/17/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Of course: The fact is bacteria from the tooth infection can extend into the gums, the cheek, the throat and even into the jaw bone. Any person with symptoms linked to a dental abscess should see a dentist promptly.

Answered 10/6/2015

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: Infected teeth often drain into the cheek. The upper part of the cheek can swell from an infected upper tooth and the lower half can swell from and infected bottom tooth. There can be other reasons besides infected teeth for cheeks to swell and this condition should be looked at to determine the cause.

Answered 1/13/2016

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Sure: It is certainly possible. See a dentist to have it treated.

Answered 1/13/2016

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Yes, but: It's certainly possible, and if so means the infection is spreading. There are, however, a whole raft of problems that can cause swelling in your cheek. Please make an appointment ASAP with an Oral Sugeon.

Answered 12/22/2015

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt answered

Specializes in Dentistry

See DDS ASAP: See your dentist to ascertain if the problem is dentally related- caries or periodontal disease. If an abscess is evident, the dentist will treat the cause of the infection. If the dental causation is ruled out, you will be referred to your MD for further evaluation.

Answered 3/22/2020

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Possible: An infected tooth can cause swelling in the cheek. It is important that you see a dentist ASAP to get this treated.

Answered 1/13/2016

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