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Swollen Lip

04/23/2010

Question:

Hello i took my son to the dentist he had fillings they gave him a shot i dont remember what shot but i know its to numb it he was complaining that his teeth was hurting i checked it out it seemed fine hours later he was still complaining i told him dont worry we will go back to the dentist and ask them about it he went to sleep around 7:00pm woke up at 10:00pm he was complaining again thats when i noticed hs bottom lip swollen can you tell me what can i do should i take him back to the dentist and ask them about it or should i take him to his doctor thank you

Answer:

Thanks for the question. If your son is not in any acute distress (breathing problems, hives, etc.) then take him to his dentist ASAP. However, if he is - he needs to go the Emergency Department ASAP. He may have in fact just bit his lip while sleeping, which is not uncommon for children to do.
 
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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Professor
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati