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Facial swelling after dentistry

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  • Posted By: snowflakes
  • January 13, 2007
  • 02:04 PM

Hello, hope someone can help ?

9 days ago, my husband went to his dentist for 2 fillings. The dentist could not numb my husbands jaw she was working on to the point of giving him 8 injections. The final injection was into the "hinge" part of his jaw, the most painful of all injections. My husband hasn't been to the dentist in 25 years, so he thought it was meant to be painful as the dentist was drilling his tooth to the point of him almost passing out as he was sweating and curling his toes. The dentist stopped due the obvious pain my husband was experiencing and just packed his tooth, sent him on his way and to make another appointment as his jaw wasn't numbing enough to do the work ? An hour after the dentist, my husband began to feel the numbness setting in. This didn't go away for 2 days ? He then felt a small lump just between his jaw line and under his ear. He said it wasn't painful but as though someone was pressing their hand against his face constantly. So a few days later we sat to have some lunch, I got such a fright when I saw my husbands face as the lump had grown so big that it covered his ear. I rushed him to a&e where they told us it was a dentistry problem. We then went to the dentist who reffered us back to a&e to see a maxillo facial doctor who took an x-ray and saw nothing, no problems at all. The dentist wanted to take a picture for educational purposes, but they had no answer for us. His mouth is fine and no swelling there and the doctors have given my husband penicillin but they have hit a dead end with a diagnosis. We now have to wait for an ultra sound scan but in the meantime my husband is in pain and everytime he eats, the lump grows bigger to the point of I think it will burst. He has no temperature, sickness or any other ailments just this lump and discomfort. I'm very worried and hope someone can shead some light ?

Thanks in advance :)

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  • I recently had this happen after a dental abcess and it was a clogged salivary gland. Maybe it had clogged due to the extreme swelling I had had from the abcess but after the antibiotics took effect and the swelling subsided, then I started to notice a weird, funny, kind painful feeling undernearh and behind my ear everytime I ate anything, particularly something sweet. I saw that I was a rapidly developing swelling there that enlarged after every instance of eating. Whe a neighbor suggested it was a salivary gland, that made sense because of when it was happening and the weird feeling. So I began putting hot packs on the swelling and very gently but firmly massaging the swelling. The results were rapid and astounding. It persisted for almost a week - swelling occuring when eating and then massage and heat packs would immediately reduce the swelling. Now it seems okay. Hope this helps.
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    • January 14, 2007
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