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Facial Swelling after Wisdom Teeth Extraction
An_253152 posted:
I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted about four days ago and all of them were impacted. The procedure went fine and I was told that there were no complications.

However, I am starting to get a bit concerned over the facial swelling I'm experiencing. My right cheek is considerably more swollen than my left and feels hard, yet tender, when I press gently on it. I'm also not able to open my mouth any wider than to fit a baby spoon in. Needless to say, I'm not able to eat any sort of solid foods yet, as the swelling is so severe that I cannot bite down to chew on anything and I am unable to fit a toothbrush in my mouth, though I am continuing to use salt water rinses several times a day. I've tried everything from cold/warm compresses, homeopathic anti-inflammation treatments, and the ibuprofen my oral surgeon gave me doesn't seem to be helping with the swelling either. At this point I can't tell if it's an allergic reaction to the penicillin I was given (both my younger sister and maternal grandmother are highly allergic) even though I've never had a reaction to it before, or if I have some jaw/nerve damage. I've taken pictures of the swelling over the last few days and I am willing to post them if it will help at all.

Any information you guys could provide would be greatly appreciated!

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