I had the first part of a root canal on tooth #2 on Friday, and will be returning next Thursday to finish. The endodontist did the actual root canal, put some kind of antibiotic in there and put a temporary filling in. He said that he'd be checking it thoroughly and then doing the real filling next week. (And of course, I still have to get the crown put on.)
Anyway, immediately after they gave me a shot of anesthesia, my right cheek swelled up and got hard, feeling like a small ball inside. The anethesia seemed to wear off a few hours later in the tooth/gum area, but my cheek still felt numb. By Sunday, it started feeling less numb, but still very tight and the same size. Finally, yesterday, it started going down in size a bit. Then I woke up this morning, and it was huge again and it's really painful to the touch.
I called them up, they had me come in and take a look, and the endodontist pressed all around inside-- pushed on the tooth and the cheek in tons of different ways. There was absolutely no pain in the tooth, but the cheek was really painful. He told me that I probably got a pocket of the anesthesia in the cheek, and he gave me a prescription for Azithromycin and Tylenol with codeine for the pain. I made sure he knew that it had been feeling this way since he first injected the anesthesia, and he said it was possible that I had a minor allergic reaction to it (which would figure, since I'm already allergic to a whole host of things, including the majority of antibiotics). He also told me to put on a cold compress and massage it.
Anyway, I guess I want to know if this sounds right or something that could happen? I don't think it's infected, because the tooth feels absolutely fine-- I've had zero pain in the tooth, not during the procedure and not after. But my cheek, oh my gosh. I feel like my cheek was cut open and a golf ball was placed inside. How long would it take for it to finally go down? (Will an antiobiotic even help if it's just a pocket of anesthesia?!)
This is the very first time I've ever had any dental work done (first time and I jump right into a root canal--err) so this isn't really helping my nerves, lol.