Single entry number to the doctor
Often after a tooth is removed, the cheek swells up. A clear sign of this is a well-marked cheek edema. In some cases, the tumor is a temporary reaction of the body to surgery and does not cause concern.
But there are situations when an appeal to the doctor is simply necessary in order to prevent more serious complications and diseases of the oral cavity.
When swelling of the gums does not cause concern
We have tried to collect the main signs of patients who have a swelling of the gums with painful sensations after the extraction of the tooth. In such situations, patients may not worry about their health.
- After removal of the tooth, the gum and cheek swelling does not go beyond the permissible limits and is not prone to increase within several days after surgery.
- No increased body temperature. A slight increase can be observed during the day after surgery, as a reaction of the body..
- After tooth extraction, the surrounding soft tissue does not cause unbearable pain. Pain decreases over several days. The cheek may be painful if the patient has undergone a difficult wisdom tooth extraction.
- There is no unpleasant smell from the hole formed after the extraction of the tooth. Its manifestations can occur only in the case of the development of rotting blood clot..
Thus, if after removing a tooth you have a swollen cheek and it hurts, this does not mean that you should immediately seek emergency help. You have a whole day in order to observe the development of a tumor – if it gradually passes, then you can not go to the dentist.
When emergency medical care is required
- If the cheek edema does not decrease in size one day after surgery.
- At the site of the extracted tooth, you feel continuous pain. Severe pain can be felt only after the removal of the tooth with sawing of the dental bone. In all other cases, consult a doctor.
- Soft tissue became hard.
- Worsening of general well-being and fever.
- Pain in the throat and larynx, problems with the opening of the mouth.
- The blood clot in the hole began to rot, emitting an unpleasant smell from the mouth.
Any of these symptoms should alert you and be a signal to visit your doctor. For your good will be held washing the wound, the bookmark in her medicines and antibiotics. In case of serious problems, a gum incision may be necessary, which can improve the patient’s condition and reduce the likelihood of developing more serious abnormalities.
Cheek edema appeared 3-4 days after surgery
Swelling and pain in the cheek after tooth extraction is manifested the next day after surgery. If there is pain in the mouth after a few days, this is a wake-up call..
Also, we should not exclude the fact that a blood clot could simply not be formed or was washed with water during the rinsing of the mouth. Inflammation in the empty hole where the tooth is located is alveolitis. The problem with this disease is that neither taken antibiotics nor antiseptics will help the patients.
The only way out in this situation is to remove the remnants of a blood clot and lay medicines in its place. The procedure is carried out only by experienced dentists using appropriate dental equipment.
A cheek tumor can also form as a result of a hematoma, which is formed due to the physician’s physical impact. The first symptoms of a serious problem can appear only after a week.! At the same time, the gum tumor remains pronounced. The cheek may become swollen even after the nerve has been removed before filling the canals, which means that the dentist has little professionalism.
When the formation of cheek edema is legitimate
Do not be afraid of your image, looking at yourself in the mirror after surgery to remove a tooth. The tumor will pass with time. In addition, there are a number of cases where cheek edema is a natural and quite natural process in the body that cannot be eliminated.
Tooth extraction on the background of the inflammatory process
Many patients are panicked by dentists, so they delay their visit with the removal of teeth. Difficult extraction of teeth, one way or another, is associated with the likelihood of infection and microbes in the formed hole and it is simply impossible to escape from it..
It is because of this that edema and inflammation may occur. Often, patients complain that they have pain in soft tissue adjacent to the hole. In order to prevent the occurrence of alveolitis, the dentist rinses the wound with an antiseptic solution, lays in it medications, and also prescribes a course of antibiotics.
Removal of a wisdom tooth (8 teeth or eights)
After the removal of a wisdom tooth, the cheek swells in almost every patient. In addition, this operation may be associated with other unpleasant consequences. For example, in some patients, there is a problem with opening the mouth and swallowing food is accompanied by painful sensations. In the most severe cases, facial asymmetry may occur..
After removing 8 teeth, the gum swelling should subside after a few days. If after this time the tumor does not pass, a putrid odor has appeared – see a doctor immediately!
What to do after tooth extraction
Here is a list of tips and recommendations from dentists, following which will allow you to avoid swelling of the gums and cheeks after tooth extraction.
A sterile swab moistened with antiseptic agents can be applied to the place of the extracted tooth.
The tampon should change frequently, as it is an excellent source for the development of pathogenic bacteria.
Immediately after surgery, try to apply a cold object to your cheek – this will avoid swelling of soft tissues. Even ice from the freezer is suitable for this. Do not forget that the ice can be applied to the sore spot for 3-5 minutes.
Eliminate hot compresses – they are a catalyst for the further development of inflammatory processes.