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    Old 09-05-2020, 06:52 AM   #1
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    Swelling after filling

    Yesterday i had a cavity in a molar filled. Dentist said it was dangerously close to needing a root canal.
    She started the lidocaine around 2. When i left the Dentist office my cheek was so swollen it looked like i stuffed a golf ball in my cheek. It is also sore and i cannot open my mouth all the way. It is now 8:50 the next morning and it is still swollen (just not as much) and still sore.
    How long should i expect to be swollen and sore? The soreness i can deal with by taking ibuprofen. But this swelling is uncomfortable and i want it to go away!

     
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    Old 09-05-2020, 08:36 AM   #2
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    Re: Swelling after filling

    Call the dental office.
    You can try cold packs.
    Ibuprophen should help with the swelling....also...maybe take an antihistamine.

    Keep us updated how you're doing. If it gets worse...go to ER.
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    Old 09-05-2020, 09:12 PM   #3
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    Re: Swelling after filling

    The dentist knew it was swollen (she told me about it so i wouldnt freak out when i looked in a mirror.) She was not concerned when i left her office with a huge cheek.
    The swelling has gone down a bit but not totally gone.
    And still sore too.
    Even though she knew it was swollen and sore she didn't tell me how long it would last.

     
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    Old 09-05-2020, 09:59 PM   #4
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    Re: Swelling after filling

    Have you never had a swollen area after a filling? It could be the type of freezing used.

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    Old 09-06-2020, 07:32 AM   #5
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    Re: Swelling after filling

    This is my second filling. (And third since she did 2 teeth.) The first one was 8 years ago and i dont remember swelling at all.
    She used lidocaine without epinephrine because when she pulled a wisdom tooth the lidocaine with epi gave me the shakes. I dont recall ever having swelling. ( even with the extraction of the wisdom tooth)

     
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    Re: Swelling after filling

    How is it today? I forget what my dentist uses, but it's not lidocaine. Maybe in future ask for another option?
    Hope all is good soon.

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    Re: Swelling after filling

    The swelling goes away a small amount every day. So its smaller today than yesterday but not totally back to normal.

     
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    Re: Swelling after filling

    At breakfast this morning i noticed my 10 year old staring at me. I asked him what was up. he said mom, your cheek is still swollen and is kinda blue. I knew is was still a little swollen, it is still sore. But the bluish color is new! Ugh! I hope this passes soon. At least we have to wear masks so no one will question why i have a swollen blue cheek. (I can hide it under a mask! )
    But when will it go away? I want to get back to normal with eating and such (sore enough that i cant open all the way comfortably)

     
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    Old 09-07-2020, 07:45 PM   #9
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    Re: Swelling after filling

    The blue would be a bruise as a reault of your procedure. I suggest you get back to the dentist asap or go to the ER and get it checked out.

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