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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What does severe pain on the left cheek indicate?

My fiancee is experiencing extreme pain in her left cheek/jaw area, and finding it increasingly difficult to open her mouth. The width she has been able to open her mouth has also deminished. I am taking her to the doctors office in the morning but I would appreciate a few possibilities. She believes it is her wisdom teeth, but I felt her gums, and didn t feel anything pressing against the flesh indicating any new teeth.
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
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Hi,
Thanks for the query. I understand your concern.
It's more likely due to impacted wisdom tooth... when inflammed... it affects temperomandibular joint (that is responsible for jaw movements)
Consult a dental surgeon. Till then dhe should not not foment externally. If possible go for hot saline gargles. Over the counter NSAID like combiflam would help to ease pain.
Thanks.
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