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Dental nerve damage? Swollen cheeks.

three days ago my dentist began the work on my upper veneers. I had to have extra injections to numb the area after one and a half hours. The following day both cheeks were swollen. I thought this would be reasonably normal after so much drilling and grinding and believed it to be bruising. Now three days later I look like the lion in wizard of oz. I have some numbness to the top lip. Tongues fine. My right cheek is worse. If I press gently beside the nose I get a strange tingling sensation in the top lip. Is this nerve damage? Does it recover quickly or is this long term? Should I be using warm or cold compresses? I'm treating with Advil but its not reducing the swelling. I would be so grateful for any help, I'm so distressed by this.
Thank you.
Sarah
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I do not think the swelling is normal and I would return to the dentist and find out what this might be.I am wondering if this might be some type of allergic reaction to something that have been used.
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i wonder why your dr used so much anesthetic for vaneers? usually the "drilling" is very limited as opposed to crown work where they trim the tooth. as far as the swelling you should have them look at it on monday.
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Thanks for your comment. I'll see him tomorrow.
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Doc
I spoke with my dentist on the phone. He says it might be an allergic reaction as he used a different anesthetic this time to keep it numb longer. He told me to call again if it hasn't gone down in a week. I went to the pharmacy and they suggested Benadryl capusules - do you think I should take them?
Thanks
Sarah
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i think that would be an excellent idea to take benedryl. cant hurt-the worst is make you sleepy.
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I had some dental work done in Mexico a few days ago at what I beieved was an outstanding dentist. The work was done on me was fine I guess. My biggest anger is that the two metal crowns he re-did with new porclin crowns that fit and look much better are very sore and sensitive to hot and cold. I should not feel any pain at all!! But my biggest worry is that on my left side where he did re-do a bridge, in that he trimmed around one of the teeth that held the bridge, as well as did a root canal on that same tooth. However after my first visit before he completed the work the following few days a numbness occured as well as a very sensitive nerve around the back of my inside cheek and jaw. It has not gone away and is pissing me off! I spent over $5000.00 dollars to go down there to save about $4000.00 more here in the US, but now I dont know what to do. Is this nerve damage? Is this a allergic reaction? Is there some type of pinched nerve? I felt better before I went there! Thats not the way it's supposed to work!!!
Danny
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I was missing a tooth in my lower back jaw. Last September I decided to have a bridge. The doctor decided that I needed 3 crowns; 2 on the teeth on each side of my missing tooth, and 1 for the missing tooth.
I had temporary crowns for about 1 month before I received the permanent ones.
Upon attempting to replace the crowns, the doctor injected the anesthetic agent into my gums and I immediately felt a sharp pain in the tooth closest to the health teeth beside the missing one. The doctor explained the reason being the injection place is too close to the nerve. He then placed the bridge.
I started to feel sensitivity in my crowns and healthy teeth adjacent to the crowns every time I drank even mild water. Also, I had to go back to the doctor several times to adjust the crowns since they were too high. Every time I complained about sensitivity, he gave me a tooth paste to use. This has yet to work.
I saw the doctor earlier this week and kept complaining. He told me that if the sensitivity does not go away, we will have to do a root canal.
My question is: Why should I be suffering from sensitivity in the first place when I did not have it before the procedure? Also, why must I listen to the doctor and go for a root canal? Will I be suffering from something else after this procedure too? Will this ever end? Is there an alternative?
I am wondering if my doctor is following a normal procedure.
I appreciate any advise I can get in this regard...

Sincerely,

-- Alieh
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my cheeks are really large i woke up yeserterday and they looked like a babys fat cheeks. they are not sore to touch im really worried. i thought maybe i was getting fat but no where lesss on my body was, so i went for a run. didn't work, i rinsed my mouth out with cepacol but i didn't work it just hurt and tasted bad, i don't know what to do now?
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A related discussion, 2 months to heal after a crown was started.
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A related discussion, Nerve damage was started.
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