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My 9 year old daughter is having severe pain and swelling in her left side of her mouth. She says it feels like there is a big ball that feels stuck. I noticed her blinking and rubbing her eyes and she said under her eye was hurting too.

The whole side of her face is swollen. She also has an extra tooth in her mouth at the top that has caused alot of problems and we are going to someone to look at it to decide wich one to extract.

The thing that really concerns me is that I am noticing a blue coloring of her skin around her nose and down both sides of her mouth. What could this be and should I get her seen by another dentist or will the orthodontist be able to help? She is in a lot of pain. ...Cherie in NC

Cherie, if the swelling is occurring around the eye and you notice the eye/orbital region swollen or bruised, you should take her to the emergency room and she will need to have antibiotics administered by I.V.

This is because the infection has entered part of the facial plane that needs the antibiotic very quickly and an oral dose will not do the trick. Not to worry because once the swelling goes down with the antibiotic, the tooth will be removed and the problem resolved.

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