Is It Normal?

Hello, I had a pretty bad toothache a few months ago, took some OTC meds for pain and used some orajel and the pain went away after a few days, haven't had any problems with pain since. Well about 4-5 days ago I started to get some face swelling on the side my tooth hurt on, still no pain though I went to urgicare and got an antibiotic and been taking it for a couple of days now. I think today is day 4 and I'm starting to develop cheek/gum pain more then I did before I started the antibiotic, though the swelling is coming down I'm getting more pain and it's moving up into my temple, is this normal?

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Answer: Is It normal

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Teeth shouldn't hurt, so it is not normal for the tooth to be painful, nor to have swelling.  Pain and swelling usually indicate there is an infection within the tooth.  Your body may fight the infection several times, however it will return until the necrotic tissue within the tooth is removed or the tooth itself is removed.  In order for the pain and swelling to be resolved, you need to return to the dentist and have the tooth treated or removed.  The antibiotic may not be strong enough for the bacteria causing the infection and a stronger antibiotic may need to be prescribed.  

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