An infected tooth with an abscess (collection of pus) is one of the most common reasons for facial swelling, also called cellulitis. This usually occurs when a bacterial infection of the tooth causes a deep cavitation that penetrates throughout the tooth and extends into the root and into the surrounding bone. Once it has reached the bone it continues to infect the surrounding facial tissues. Facial swelling is a very serious situation. We recommend that you call your physician first in order to receive the proper type of and dosage of antibiotics. There are cases where oral antibiotics many not be effective and I.V. antibiotics might be necessary.

Causes Of Facial Swelling

  • Injury
  • Dental Abscess
  • Cut, Bite or Sting

Signs and Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Area feels hot
  • Throbbing pain
  • Fever

If any of the following symptoms occur immediately go to the nearest emergceny room

  • Chills, fever, or vomiting.
  • Increased swelling or increased pain, especially around the eye.
  • Increased redness or increased red streaking from the infected area.
  • Elevation of the floor of the mouth, difficulty swallowing, or difficulty breathing.

Swelling around the eye or throat area that causes difficulty swallowing can be LIFE THREATENING.