What is a fat cheek?
If you notice swelling in the facial area, it can not only be very uncomfortable for you, but also indicate a serious condition. Swelling in the cheek area is called jowling and can be caused by a number of things. This article tells you everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a fat cheek.
Causes of a fat cheek
A fat cheek refers to swelling in the area of the face that may occur due to inflammation, injury or infection. Typically, the swelling occurs in the cheek area and may be accompanied by pain, tenderness or redness. Thick cheek can have many causes, such as:
One of the most common causes of swelling in the mouth and cheek is gingivitis, which is caused by harmful bacteria. They can accumulate in gum pockets or tooth roots. Any inflammation in the mouth, no matter how small, can spread to neighbouring areas of the face and cause swelling in the cheek area.
Salivary gland inflammation
Inflammation of the salivary glands caused by an infection or a salivary stone can also lead to swelling in the facial area. In this rare case, the inside of the cheek is swollen.
An injury to the face or jaw, for example from a fall or a blow, can also lead to swelling of the cheek.
Infections in other areas of the face, such as the ear or sinuses, can also cause swelling in the cheek area. The infection is manifested by the swollen cheek on one side.
Symptoms of a fat cheek
Symptoms of a thick, swollen cheek include:
- Swelling in the area of the cheeks
- Pain in the facial area
- Sensitivity to touch
- Redness of the skin in the affected area
- Fever, headache and nausea (in very severe cases)
Diagnosis and treatment of thick cheek
If you have a swollen cheek, you should see a dentist or doctor immediately to determine the cause of the swelling. Your doctor or dentist can perform various tests to determine the cause of the swelling. These include X-rays or examinations of the mouth as well as the time-honoured palpation test.
Treatment for a fat cheek or swollen cheek depends on the cause of the swelling. If the fat cheek is caused by a tooth, the dentist may recommend root canal treatment or extraction. Inflammation of the salivary glands and a swollen cheek on one side can be treated by warm compresses and massage of the affected area.
Prevention of thick cheek due to tooth
There are some things you can do to reduce the risk of a fat cheek. These preventive measures include:
- Regular tooth brushing with our emmi-dent ultrasonic toothbrush and flossing to avoid gingivitis.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, as they can increase the risk of oral and maxillofacial infections.
- Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated to strengthen the immune system and generally reduce the risk of infection.
Thick cheek tooth: When should you see a doctor?
A thick cheek on the tooth may indicate an underlying disease or infection that should be treated as soon as possible. If you notice swelling in the facial area, you should see your doctor or dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of the swelling and get the appropriate treatment.
A swollen cheek on one side can be caused by a number of things, including gingivitis, injury or other infections in the facial area. Timely treatment can help prevent possible complications and get you better quickly.