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Reasons for Swelling on One Side of the Jaw

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
Black woman smiling after appointment atThomas Plunkett, DMD in Lakeland, FLOne side of your jaw might be swelling unbearably and give you an unsettled feeling. Maintaining dental and general health requires knowing the potential causes and when to seek expert assistance.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess, an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth, is a frequent cause of jaw swelling. Severe pain, fever, and an unpleasant tongue taste are often accompanied by jaw swelling. A tooth abscess must be treated immediately to prevent the infection from spreading. It will not go away on its own.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If an impacted wisdom tooth gets infected or presses against another tooth, it might result in considerable swelling. This can cause pain, trouble opening your mouth, and even shifts in the position of your teeth.

Disorders of the Salivary Gland

Abrupt, excruciating swelling can result from conditions like sialolithiasis, in which a stone clogs a salivary gland. This problem could get worse during mealtimes when saliva production rises.

Injury or Trauma

Sports-related or accidental jaw trauma can result in bruising and swelling. Continue to watch for symptoms of infection or prolonged edema even after the first medical intervention.

Cysts or Tumors

Swelling can signify both benign and malignant growths in the salivary glands or jaw. While less frequent, these must be evaluated immediately to determine the best action.

When to Seek Help

See a dentist immediately if you have swelling on one side of your jaw that lasts more than a few days or is accompanied by pain, fever, or trouble breathing or swallowing. Our commitment at our clinic is for your dental health and well-being. Do not hold off if the pain gets too great. Contact us right now to make an appointment for a consultation and ensure your oral health is in capable care. Remember that preventing more severe health problems requires prompt action.

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