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Dr. Hegland, Dentist
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Due to dental infection I have a swollen cheek and I can't

Customer Question

due to dental infection I have a swollen cheek and I can't open my mouth to eat solid food.will a hospital help me
JA: Any recent injuries? How long have you been dealing with the swelling?
Customer: no i'm 66 yrs old on medicare'i tried getting but during the holidays no luck
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the dentist should know?
Customer: I had a slight occlusion in 2008 and had a stent installed
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. Hegland replied 2 months ago.

If you can't open to eat solid food, that would be considered an urgent scenerio and yes a hospital urgent care/ER will help you. I suggest you go to the ER so that the infection that's happen can get examined by physicians and treated with antibiotic (possibly IV antibiotics) so that you can regain opening ability and then get the dental treatment (tooth removal or root canal) that you may very likely need for this situation.