If you have visible swelling in your mouth, face or jaw, this can be a sign of an infection. The longer it isn’t treated, the worse the infection and swelling can become, as well as prolonging your discomfort.
There can be many reasons for facial swelling, which can include:
- Dental abscess associated with; untreated decay, broken tooth
- Root canal infections
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Oral surgery post-op
- Allergic reactions or medication side-effects
- Sinus problems
- Trauma or injury
A widely believed myth is that a course of antibiotics is required to ‘fix the problem’. This assumption can prolong the potential for the infection to progress into a life-threatening condition.
Therefore, we strongly recommend you seek dental treatment as soon as possible. Not seeking treatment and hoping that your toothache and swelling will go away on their own could be dangerous, especially if you have an infection and facial swelling. Even if your symptoms do subside, the underlying problem could still be present, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and have your dentist assess the problem.