A 25-year-old female asked:
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under right jaw bone, feels swollen. pain when touched, but none when i talk or swallow. happening on & off for 2 months. i have tmj... related or not?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Rt jaw bone: Swelling and pain under the lower jaw is not usually related to pain or other discomfort in the tmj. This usually indicates an infection (abcessed tooth, fractured tooth, or gum infection). If your TMJ problems are caused by chronic teeth grinding or clenching, it may have traumatized your lower teeth. To know for sure, see your dentist for an examination and x-rays.
Answered on Jun 30, 2020
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
41 years experience Dentistry
Not usually: The swelling and pain under the jaw is not usually associated with TMJ disorder, it is mostly related to an infection from a tooth. See your dentist and get a differential diagnosis. Get well, dr mokbel, scdentalimplants .Com.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
8 years experience Dentistry
It's Not: Swelling under jaw lines usually from an infected tooth, call your dentist for an examination and diagnosis.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Your symptoms: What you describe is unlikely related to any tmd\tmjoint problem. It may be a chronic infection related to a tooth or periodontal problem, a tender lymph node, or an inflammation, infection or blockage of salivary gland. This should be checked out by your general dentist or an oral surgeon.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
Dr. Gary Brigham
50 years experience Orthodontics
Unlikely: What you describe can be anything from a localized dental /periodontal infection to infection of the lymph nodes in that area. It would be prudent to seek a consultation with an oral surgeon for a definitive diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Probably: Probably. See TMJ expert to make sure. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015

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