Dental Health Expert Forum
Spreading pain from inside cheek bite
About This Forum:

Questions in the Dental Health forum are answered by Dr. Jerome Tsang. Topics covered include bridges, cavities, crowns, and x-rays.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Avatar universal
Spreading pain from inside cheek bite
My son bit his cheek during football practice, causing a "hole" inside his cheek. Three days later he is still in quite a bit of pain, which is exacerbated by eating. The pain is spreading to a tooth (could be an unrelated toothache?).
Would appreciate suggestions for decreasing pain and speeding up healing and/or if this sounds like an infection that needs professional dental care.
Discussion is closed
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
It sounds like he did a pretty good job. It is not unusual for it last 7 to 10 days. You can get a steriod ointment that is a prescription item from your dentist. This will allay the discomfort until it heals.
Discussion is closed
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
If the hole is large enough, it certainly can contribute to a problem with infection and pain on eating.  It's best to consult a dentist to see if it requires sutures (or tissue glue) and possibly antibiotics.  The pain in the tooth may be referred pain or a tooth that was traumatized during the accident, but it might be best to check that out too while your in the clinic.

For the time being, I would suggest taking Ibuprofen for the pain as long as he doesn't have any contraindications to that medication.

Zzzdentist
Discussion is closed
Cancel
Comment
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank