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Monday I had oral surgery done to extract all four of my wisdom teeth. The procedure was done with a general anesthetic and, as far as I could tell, ran smoothly (they didn't cut my gums too far nor my cheek and the entire procedure was over in about 30minutes). I left the hospital with my face swollen, as expected. The next day only my left cheek was swollen; I found a small lump - not normal swelling. Later it started to puff into my mouth and for two days I couldn't close my jaw, the swelling pushed my inner cheek onto my teeth.
The lump also began to hurt. It started as a very thin, mild, pulsing pain and it's now a dull, irritating, pulsing pain that comes with a headache. My temperature also jumps around, going anywhere from 98.4 to 99.8 in a day. I called the oral surgeon and they scheduled an appointment for next Monday but I don't know if I can wait til then. I would like a possible diagnoses, my dentist prescribed the chlorhexidine but there hasn't been a change.

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replied December 27th, 2008
General Q and A Answer A5177
Current medical status: Lump in left cheek, slight swelling around it. Dull pain radiating both from the lump and wisdom tooth areas. Had wisdom tooth impact surgery three days ago.
Current medical treatment: Salt water rinses hourly, half Vicodin every few hours for pain management, chlorhexidine gluconate rinse in morning and before bed.

There might be a tissue in your cheek that is inflamed. Infection is not very probable and antibiotics are not necessary. What you might want to try are over-the counter anti-inflammatory products. For example, ibuprofen or aloe-containing products might help a lot to decrease the swelling and ease the symptoms.

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