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Cheek swollen, bruise after filling. Difficulty in swallowing, sore throat. Possible reason?

Hi, I had a filling 2 days ago. That night, I was in a lot of pain so I took ibuprofen . My cheek was swollen and the nest day I noticed a bruise . I kept ice on it most of the afternoon an evening, but didn t see a change. This morning, I woke up feeling like my throat was swollen. It is difficult to swallow , kind of like I m getting a sore throat (but it doesn t hurt). I called the dentist 1st thing this morning, the receptionist said that she d have someone call me (still waiting). Any advise?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Thank you for the query.
Pain in the teeth immediately after filling the cavity may be because of the infection in the teeth . If there is periapical infection in the teeth it will lead to abscess formation followed by swelling in the cheek or gum . As you said you have placed ice on the area all through the day , this will aggreviate the swelling and lead to throat swelling as well. It appears you have developed sore throat along with it . I would suggest you to see your dentist as early as possible , get an x- ray done to rule out the extent of infection in the teeth and surrounding the teeth . A course of antibiotics and analgesic should be taken .
Hope this information helps you.
Take care.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hi and welcome,
A decayed tooth is filled only after complete excavation of caries and removal of all the discoloured infected tooth . A filled tooth should not give any pain. since you have got pain in the tooth after filling it indicates some leftover caries or infection in tooth. An already infected tooth when packed with a filling pains a lot and the infection may progress to the underlying root and the tissue leading to abscess formation and swelling.
you must have developed sore throat because of the ice pack applied for a long time or due to the abscess drainage this can be confirmed only after clinical examination.
i suggest you to visit a dentist and get a x ray done for the tooth which will show the remnant caries and spread of infection accordingly root canal treatment can be done to preserve the tooth permanently.
mean time you can have antibiotic Augmentin with diclofenac serratiopeptidase tablet 2 times daily which will give subside swelling and pain till you see a dentist. take care
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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