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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Does tooth abscess cause a lot of swelling or a just a bit?

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Does tooth abscess cause a lot of swelling or a just a bit?

See a dentist ASAP: Regardless, the size of the swelling, a tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Can a tooth abscess cause permanant swelling and damage to face?

Can a tooth abscess cause permanant swelling and damage to face?

Unlikely: I have seen a draining tract from a tooth abscess extending to the outside of the face on the cheek. However, as the tooth is extracted (too severe bone loss), the area heals well with minimal scarring. However, early treatment will be very beneficial and inexpensive than wait. ...Read more

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I have tooth pain on one side on both the lower and bottom jaws. Swelling in cheek and this didn't start happening until fillings. Hurts to eat

I have tooth pain on one side on both the lower and bottom jaws. Swelling in cheek and this didn't start happening until fillings. Hurts to eat

Multiple: Multiple possibilities. While other emphasize a dental abscess (which is possible) it could be something as simple as having chewed your cheek while numb. Start first with a call to your dentist for a follow up visit. ...Read more

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I had a tooth abscess that caused the lymph nodes along my jaw to swell on one side. If someone accidentally hit that lymph node, would it swell more? I was accidentally hit right in my jaw by my younger brother and now have lots of swelling and pain

I had a tooth abscess that caused the lymph nodes along my jaw to swell on one side. If someone accidentally hit that lymph node, would it swell more? I was accidentally hit right in my jaw by my younger brother and now have lots of swelling and pain

Infection: An abscess is a virulent infection requiring immediate treatment. By the time it causes lymph node enlargement it is rapidly overcoming your body's defense mechanisms. Traumatically striking already damaged tissue can cause excessive damage. Important that you see a Dentist, Endodontists, or Oral Surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Monday I went to the dentist for an absess and was put on Clindamycin 300mg 4 times a day. The tooth was drilled to allow to drain I'm having a root canal in about a week. When will the swelling decrease and feel significant relief? It is now Wed

Monday I went to the dentist for an absess and was put on Clindamycin 300mg 4 times a day. The tooth was drilled to allow to drain I'm having a root canal in about a week. When will the swelling decrease and feel significant relief? It is now Wed

Abscess: May take 48-72 hour’s for antibiotic to kick in. May need additional drainage, change in antibiotic, or other treatment. Call your Dentist to report your status. If symptoms do not resolve referral to a root canal specialist, an Endodontist, may be in order. ...Read more

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I got a lower wisdom tooth extraction 5 days ago and the swelling has seemed to gone down completely except for a hard, ball-like lump in my lower jaw, which makes my cheek protrude and also makes it hard for me to open my mouth. The dentist said this is

I got a lower wisdom tooth extraction 5 days ago and the swelling has seemed to gone down completely except for a hard, ball-like lump in my lower jaw, which makes my cheek protrude and also makes it hard for me to open my mouth. The dentist said this is

Possible Infection: The late swelling coupled with difficulty opening your mouth could represent a postoperative infection. You should return to your dentist and/or surgeon for evaluation and any recommended treatment (antibiotic and/or incision and drainage of the infected area). ...Read more

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Had gum abscess. Caused swelling in cheek. Abscess is gone, cheek still a little puffy. What is the weird sensation I still feel in cheek?

Had gum abscess. Caused swelling in cheek. Abscess is gone, cheek still a little puffy. What is the weird sensation I still feel in cheek?

Be patient: The swelling and a "weird sensation" can take some time to resolve, even up to a 2-3 weeks. Follow up with your dentist or an oral surgeon as advised. ...Read more

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Have a nickel-sized swelling inside my left cheek, down near my teeth. What could it be and what caused it? Noticed it just as I was sitting dn to eat

Have a nickel-sized swelling inside my left cheek, down near my teeth. What could it be and what caused it? Noticed it just as I was sitting dn to eat

Swelling: It could be a tooth or gum abscess, but There is no way to tell for sure without a visual and clinical examination.
Any lesion or swelling that lasts longer than 7-10 days should be checked immediately.
Make an appointment to see a dentist. ...Read more

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Female, Age 49, molar teeth swollen, which cause slight swelling in the cheek, what is the cause of this?

Female, Age 49, molar teeth swollen, which cause slight swelling in the cheek, what is the cause of this?

Probably: Infected (decayed) tooth with infection spreading to surrounding tissues. Please do not delay. See a Dentist IMMEDIATELYto stop the spread of infection. ...Read more

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How do I the swelling of tooth abscess down?

How do I the swelling of tooth abscess down?

When the cause of: Swelling go away (infection) the sewlling go away. That happen with treatment. ...Read more

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How do I get the swelling of tooth abscess to go down?

How do I get the swelling of tooth abscess to go down?

Sorry: There's no home repair kit available on amazon. An abscess is an infected tooth with bacteria spilling out into the surrounding tissues. The only treatments are root canal or extraction. Antibiotics may help control (but not cure) the infection. Analgesics, salt water rinses, and cold compresses may help control (but not cure) the swelling. See your dentist asap before it gets worse. ...Read more

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Does clindamycin 300mg reduce swelling of absess tooth?

Does clindamycin 300mg reduce swelling of absess tooth?

It can do!: Clindamycin is an extremely useful antibiotic weapon in our armory against infection. If you have not taken that drug recently, and with a doctors recommendation and the correct dosage it can prove very effective. But you must follow up with treatment of the infected tooth right away. Exposing bacteria to antibiotics and not stopping the infection leads to antibiotic resistance, harming us all. ...Read more

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How long until my swelling froma tooth abscess recedes?

How long until my swelling froma tooth abscess recedes?

Depends: If you are taking the appropriate antibiotic and/or you have removed the source of the infection, it should resolve quickly. If not treated it will get worse until the pressure is relieved either by rupturing the abcess or it destroys enough underlying tissue that the pressure is reduced. But then it will still be there, but not hurting as much! ...Read more

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How long can it take for my swelling from tooth abscess recedes?

How long can it take for my swelling from tooth abscess recedes?

Swelling=infection: See a doctor to find source of infection. Don't wait for the swelling to go down. ...Read more

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If I have an abscess tooth and take penicillin will the swelling go down fast?

If I have an abscess tooth and take penicillin will the swelling go down fast?

Maybe: Depends on the type and location of the abscess. It is best to have definitive treatment performed as soon as possible -- root canal treatment, if the tooth has a nerve abscess and is savable or extraction if not savable or periodontal gum / bone treatment if you have a periodontal (gum) abscess. ...Read more

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I had a lot of swelling in my cheek from an abcessed tooth that I had pulled two days ago. I still have some swelling in my cheek. Is this normal?

Yes: Swelling can last up to ten days. It should get better in the next few days. You can take some ibuprofen (800mg) every 6 hours if necessary. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make swelling associated with abscess tooth go down?

Professional care: You need professional care. Medications, such as, antibiotics, will help treat the symptoms, but the cause must be treated by a dentist. ...Read more

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I got my infected tooth pulled but the swelling in my cheek is still not going away. What's wrong?

I got my infected tooth pulled but the swelling in my cheek is still not going away. What's wrong?

Infection.: There could be an infection remaining. One type, cellulitis, can be serious. I would highly recommend an evaluation by the surgeon/dentist and most likely antibiotic therapy. Other causes are inflammation from the procedure or injection, a hematoma from the injection or bleeding, etc. The best thing to do is get back in to be seen, asap. ...Read more

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I was treated for an abscess tooth today. Had mild facial swelling on right side of face, but is getting worse. Is this normal?

I was treated for an abscess tooth today. Had mild facial swelling on right side of face, but is getting worse. Is this normal?

It can: It can get worse before getting better. Usually you need antibiotics for an abscess and it can take 24 to48 hours to, work. ...Read more

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Could tooth ache lead to cheek swelling?

Could tooth ache lead to cheek swelling?

Yup: An infection from a non-vital tooth can spread into your bone and soft tissues. Please call a local dentist and have it promptly treated. Swelling may also be coming from a periodontal infection. ...Read more

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How many days does it take for the swelling to go down if tooth has abscess?

It might not: Only treatment will eliminate the infection once a tooth is abscessed. The tooth needs a root canal or needs to be removed. ...Read more

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Tooth abscess amoxicillin how long for swelling to go down?

A few days: It take 2 days for a blood level. If it is not a chronic situation it should show signs of responding in a few days. ...Read more

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Swelling has gone to his cheek and his mouth, but only on the side of his face where tooth was pulled. What could this be?

Swelling has gone to his cheek and his mouth, but only on the side of his face where tooth was pulled. What could this be?

Common reaction: The swelling can be a common reaction to having a tooth pulled. If the swelling remains or becomes painful then infection in the socket is a consideration and you should see the dentist. Try homeopathic hypericum. It works wonders for pain and swelling after a tooth is pulled. ...Read more

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The dentist just extracted a tooth with a abscess that was causing me really bad pain and swelling. Is it safe to remove a tooth with an abscess?

The dentist just extracted a tooth with a abscess that was causing me really bad pain and swelling. Is it safe to remove a tooth with an abscess?

Yes: Yes, it is safe to remove a tooth with an abscess. Once the tooth is extracted, all the infection and "pus" can drain from the area relieving your pain and removing the harmful infected material from the body. The reason we put on antibiotic and wait sometime is because the area is so imflamed that is too hard to "numb" the patient effectively. ...Read more

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Wisd tooth extracted2days ago, on medication, gum swelling subsided but cheek swelling did not, pain comes back strong when medication wears off, normal?

Wisd tooth extracted2days ago, on medication, gum swelling subsided but cheek swelling did not, pain comes back strong when medication wears off, normal?

The healing process: Swelling, pain and jaw stiffness may persist for 7 -14 days. A limited mouth opening may persist for up to two weeks. This is a normal reaction to surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more