Pus and Swelling after Dental Visit
July 22, 2011 10:07 PM Subscribe
Cheek swelling and pus after local anesthesia and a fairly minor procedure at the dentist. I went back today and he prescribed an antibiotic, but I am still worried. (Grossness inside...)
posted by ZeroDivides to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
A few hours after a dentist visit yesterday to have two crowns placed, my cheek has swollen to look as if I am holding a golfball in my mouth, and there is a small hole in my cheek (maybe half the diameter of a normal headphone jack?) near my gumline where pus and blood will expel if I press on the nearby area. The swelling and pus is around the area where the local anesthetic was administered. The dentist had to stop twice to add more anesthetic so I know the area has to be pretty traumatized. The teeth don't hurt even a little bit. It's all in my cheek/jaw/face. I have had the most epic of headaches and light sensitivity since yesterday, but that could be a coincidence. No fever to speak of, but I've been taking ibuprofen since the procedure.
This dentist has been pretty dismissive of my concerns. Today when I went in to have it checked out he said he wasn't even sure if what I have is an infection but that he would prescribe the antibiotics anyway because I am traveling out of the country soon and he didn't want to risk fubaring my travel plans.
I am pretty sure that where there is pus, there is an infection, and so I am glad to have the antibiotics. However, is there normally anything more done for a giant pus sac in one's face? He prescribed me 500 mg of amoxicillin every six hours, 24 capsules.
Of course this happened right as he was leaving the office on a Friday, so it's down to the ER if I have to have anything done until Monday. I am already delaying part of my trip a few days so my face can recover from this but my plans are only so flexible. I am staying with my mom, about to leave the country for three years with minimal visiting opportunities, and this waiting time is basically at the expense of a planned visit to see my father before I go.
Has this ever happened to you? Are you a pus expert? I guess I just want to know if anyone has experienced something similar, and if this treatment sounds okay or if I need to consider dragging myself into the ER. I really don't want to call this dentist because I am pretty sure he'll just blow me off again, if I can even manage to get in touch with him. I am pretty sure their phone number just tells you to go to the ER if you think there is a medical emergency anyway. I did call a nurse hotline and they just told me to call my dentist.
I had an infected finger once and the doctor I saw told me how to drain the pus (no insurance) and made sure I knew to do it in order to get the healing started, so I wonder why it's cool to just let the pus in my cheek hang out there and not do anything about it, but obviously I'm no expert!