Dental Exam for a Swollen Cheek
A cheek can become swollen for a number of reasons.
A dental exam is necessary for a cheek that becomes swollen for undiagnosed reasons. Dr. Vaida of Altitude Dental may find that the swelling is a result of teeth grinding, tooth aches, a cracked tooth or trauma, such as a sports injury or car accident, that needs treatment. It is important to seek dental or medical attention before taking medication. Swelling is a symptom that something is wrong – and the area around the swelling may be tender or painful.
Sometimes your cheek can swell slightly after dental treatment – this is the result of work done in the area – however the swelling will reduce relatively quickly and usually is not painful. Sometimes your cheek can swell due to excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth; that swelling is often around the jaw joint area and can spread up to the ear.
Some swollen cheek causes are:
- Trauma, such as a sports injury or accident
- Allergic reactions
- Abscessed tooth (if your tooth aches for any reason, make an appointment for a dental exam)
- Side-effects from medication
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
Visit Your Dentist
It is best to see a dentist or medical professional when you first notice swelling in your cheek – an early assessment can make the dental care program more effective. Contact us to make a dental appointment with Dr. Vaida of Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental.
Revisit Your Dentist or Medical Professional
- If the swelling doesn't subside within a couple of days
- If there is pain present and it seems to be increasing
- If the swelling is increasing
- If swelling has occurred and there is no reason for your cheek to be swollen.
- If the temperature of the cheek is hot or cold