i broken first molar(about 6 mos). on thursday i started having a toothache very painful. i took some motrin to help releive the pain and used hot compresses. on friday i still had the toothache and noticed that my cheek was slightly swollen and painful to the touch. saturday my cheek and jaw was very swollen and very painful. i continued to use hot compresses and taking the motrin i have no insurance at the time. i am not sure if this is an abscessed tooth or not never had one before. as of today my cheek and jaw are still swollen and very painful to the touch. what can this be? and what can i do?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 23 - January - 2012, at 01:15 AM

  • Infected broken tooth can lead to pain and soreness of cheeks and jaws. Impacted wisdom tooth eruption can also cause pain in the jaws and teeth. Constant cheek irritation by broken tooth can also cause pain and tenderness.  If tooth is broken, then you need treatment for your broken tooth. If nerve of the tooth is not exposed, then tooth can be restored with dental filling or crown but if nerve of the tooth is exposed or necrosed, then root canal treatment followed by dental crown is required for the tooth. If tooth is badly mutilated, then post and core procedure is required after root canal therapy. If broken tooth is unrestorable, then tooth extraction followed by replacement of missing tooth with dental implants or dental bridge is required. Only pain meds will be of little help. Hot compresses are not indicated as they will aggravate the swelling. You can do warm saline rinses to reduce the swelling.  You need to get treatment done for infected tooth. If you have cost constrains, then you can visit a dental school where treatment is done by dental students under supervision of experienced dentists. You can also look for free dental clinics near you or can talk to your local dentist if you can pay in installments for treatment. By the time you visit your dentist, you can avoid eating from side of broken tooth. You can also apply orajel for some relief. Maintain good oral hygiene to avoid any secondary infections. For detailed info on cracked tooth, refer to……   http://www.identalhub.com/article_signs-and-symptoms-of-the-cracked-tooth-206.aspx

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