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I have pain on the lower right cheek area near the gums it

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I have pain on the lower right cheek area near the gums it is a fleshy lump and my face is swollen and the pain is increasing. I am on antibiotics and the pain is not going away
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 year ago.
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Hi, I will try to help you.
First it takes a least 24-48 hours for an antibiotic to kick in and do its job.
What reason were you given for having to take the antibiotics?
When you have swelling in your mouth you should be doing warm salt water rinses: you can dissolve ½-teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water as hot as can be safely tolerated, and rinse vigorously for about 2 minutes at least every 2-3 hours. Please do NOT put any heat on the outside of your face and elevate your head when sleeping.
Also for pain you alternate every 3-4 hours between 2 Advil (400mg) and 2 Extra Strength Tylenol (1000 mg). Please do not use this regimen if there is a history of peptic ulcer or liver disease.
If you have an abscess caused by a tooth then you would need to be seen by a dentist and either have the tooth treated with a root canal or extracted.
So please let me know what diagnosis you were given and what treatment plan was presented to you.
Thanks.