FACE/CHEEK SWELLING

FACE/CHEEK SWELLING - WHAT TO DO?

Face swelling can be a concerning symptom that could indicate the presence of infection due to an Abscess when it is located on one side of the mouth.  

Swelling usually occurs due to the build-up of fluid which is part of an inflammatory response. Swelling can sometimes be painless, but can also include symptoms of pain, sensitivity, tenderness.

SWELLING CAN ALSO BE DUE TO A NUMBER OF OTHER MEDICAL REASONS. THEREFORE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, PARTICULARLY IF:

Swelling is rapidly increasing and is likely to obstruct the airway or close the eye.

Swelling is in conjunction with being systemically unwell (e.g. rigours, high temperature, dehydrated or Lethargic).

IMPORTANTLY: IF SWELLING PERSISTS AND IS UNTREATED, IT MUST BE EXAMINED THOROUGHLY TO RULE OUT THE PRESENCE OF ANY BLOCKAGES TO SALIVARY DUCTS, OR ABNORMAL GROWTHS, SUCH AS CANCER.

LOCAL SWELLING TO THE GUMS AND SURROUNDING AREA.

In the most minor of cases, swelling can occur due to food being stuck in the gum tissue. This ‘foreign’ object causes a localised inflammatory response.

This swelling could also indicate the presence of infection or abscess.

MINIMISING SWELLING OF THE CHEEK AND MOUTH

  • Rinse the mouth with warm water and gently examine the area if possible to see if any food particles are present. If food is present, try to remove it with gentle toothbrushing of the area.

  • Cold Compress – Apply a cold compress or cold pack to the swollen area for 10-15 minutes can help to reduce inflammation, but not necessarily the cause of the inflammation. Ice mustn’t be placed directly on the face or tissues.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SWOLLEN CHEEKS

Treatment can include a number of options that depend on the cause of the swelling. You should access treatment as soon as possible. If you are also experiencing symptoms of toothache or sensitivity, this may be dental related and can be examined by our team of dental practitioners. If you feel that the swelling is more generalised, you should seek immediate treatment from a medical practitioner.

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