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swelling of my cheek after local anesthesia

By March 2, 2013 - 12:15am
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Hi Doctor,

I am 27 year old female.
I went to the dentist to remove my 5th wisdom tooth (in the upper right jaw). The local anesthesia which was given before removal of the tooth caused swelling of my cheek like a small golf ball. I was told by the dentist that the injection hit the blood vessel and there could have been some blood leakage under the skin. Immediately after swelling I was told to apply ice pack for about an hour with an interval of 1 min. I took antibiotics for 4-5 days and the swelling is reduced a bit but not completely. I have terrible pain when i touch my cheek on the injection spot. Its been 6 days now. Could you please tell me what needs to be done now? Right now I am in another city and could not go to the same dentist... Please advise what can be done. Thanks..

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Hello mam.

I am 33, and I am suffering from same problem. Just wanted to know how much time it took to heal. I am little scared.
please reply.


July 7, 2014 - 9:51pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Anonymous,

When you have a tooth removed, you may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the area that the tooth was removed. This is common and certainly could take at least a week to two weeks to get back to normal. If you had some issue with the anethesia, there may be some additional time that needs to heal. You should really follow up with a dentist for further evaluation.

I hope this helps.


March 2, 2013 - 7:33am
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