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Cheek pain, at times, tends to be like one of those unwanted guests who arrive without warning, suggest meekly that they'll be staying only for a couple of days, overstay, and throughout the entire episode, cause immense trouble and discomfort. The causes can range from the medically-driven to the hormone-driven (the latter will be illustrated towards the end of this article). Regarding the former, here are some of the possible reasons for cheek pain and swelling.

Causes
Here are some of the possible medical conditions, complications, or surgical procedures which can result in cheek pain or swelling.
  • Improper growth of a wisdom tooth
  • Wisdom tooth extraction or removal
  • Root canal treatment or procedure
  • Dental abscess
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (TN)
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder)
  • Extreme stress or anxiety
  • Mumps
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Jaw joint disorders
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Sinus infection
  • Trauma
  • Common cold
The most common causes have been enlisted above. However, as far as children are concerned, cheek pain is usually the result of either a dental problem, infection, abscess, gum infection, tooth extraction, straining of the jaw muscles due to improper chewing, mumps, common cold, sinus infections, etc.

Post Dental Work
Experiencing cheek pain after root canal procedures, tooth extraction procedures, etc., is quite a common phenomenon (though it would be a little inappropriate to say that it is normal). After a tooth extraction procedure, the surrounding tissue tends to become very tender and sensitive during the immediate period following the surgery. At times, inflammation can occur, and if it spreads to the surrounding areas, it can result in swelling or considerable pain. Sometimes, the tooth, gums, or the surrounding tissue may get infected, or may develop an abscess. If not treated in time, and if allowed to spread, this can result in a considerable amount of discomfort.

Treatment
In case of swelling, applying an ice pack to the affected cheek can help in lessening the pain to a certain extent. While doing so, make sure that you wrap one or two ice cubes in a soft hand towel, tie the ends of the towel together, and then apply it to your cheek. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin. Alternatively, you can also opt for a hot-cold type of treatment method, i.e., you can alternate between applying an ice pack and a warm heating pad to your cheek. However, there should be a sufficient amount of time interval between applying the ice and then applying the heating pad.

In case of pain post a dental procedure, keeping a few cloves in the corner of your mouth (near the affected cheek) can help in easing the pain to a certain extent. Alternatively, you can chew on a wad of flavored chewing gum (one that contains cinnamon oil and cloves). If these home remedies do not help in easing your pain or discomfort, you can always consult your doctor, who may then prescribe suitable antibiotics and painkillers.

On a much lighter and less serious note, improperly or excessively performed facial exercises, chewing a piece of gum vigorously for a long period of time, and most of all, pestering a girl enough to get slapped by her, are other notable causes of pain in the cheek. All in all, if the pain becomes unbearable, it's time you visited your health care practitioner immediately.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is solely for informative purpose and not intended to replace the advice of medical experts.