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Why Does Your Jaw Swell Up?

Posted on 6/22/2020 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
Why Does Your Jaw Swell Up?Your jaw may swell up due to different reasons. A sudden swelling of the jaw, tongue, or mouth may signal a medical emergency and you must seek immediate help.

What Causes the Jaw to Swell Up?

An infection may cause lymph nodes near the jawbone to swell giving the appearance of a fuller face. Swelling of the jaw because of a viral infection can be corroborated by the presence of other symptoms such as fatigue, fever, and headache. An injury to the jaw from a fall or a vehicular accident can lead to an inflammation. Inflammation due to trauma will likely be accompanied by pain and visible bruising.
A tooth abscess resulting from bacterial infection of the tooth pulp is another common reason for a swollen jaw. A tooth abscess requires immediate attention because the pus-filled abscess can lead to infection of the bone and surrounding tissue. Apart from a swollen jaw, other symptoms of an abscessed tooth include swollen gums and fever.
A tooth removal results in a swollen jaw. The pain and swelling subside after a day or two while taking pain medications. A partially erupted wisdom tooth can result in a condition known as pericoronitis in which the gums swell and pus may build up around the tooth. The infection, if not controlled, may cause a swelling of the lymph glands in the neck and a swelling of the jaws.
Tonsillitis, mumps, infections of the salivary glands, Lyme disease, syphilis, arthritis, lupus, Ludwig's angina, etc. are some of the other reasons for a swelling of the jaw.
Given that a swelling of the jaw can be due to any of the causes mentioned above, singly or in a combination, it is important that a proper diagnosis is made. The choice of treatment procedures and medication following an accurate diagnosis. Call to schedule an appointment today.
The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields

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