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Mouth abcess symptoms? Pain in lower jaw and pain when biting

Mouth abcess symptoms? Pain in lower jaw and pain when biting

Many things: An "abscess" is a localized collection of inflammatory cells in response to an infection. It may present with pain, swelling, fever and a general "unwell" feeling. With that being said, pain in the lower jaw can be indicative of many things from soft tissue infection, dental problems or muscle/bone pain. See a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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Can you have symptoms of tooth abcess like jaw swelling ear pain and ringing without tooth hurting. At dentist last June he was not sure about a tooth?

Yes, TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Toothache, headache, earache, sinus pain, neck pain and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain specialist for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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My son has a knot inside his jaw, tests ruled out an abscess , my question is what else could it be?

My son has a knot inside his jaw, tests ruled out an abscess , my question is what else could it be?

Lots: This knot could be any number of things. Bone growth, muscle hypertrophy, scar tissue, enlarged lymph node, tumor, etc. If there is no abscess that is great, but i recommend following up with a dentist, oral surgeon, or his primary care physician. ...Read more

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Have an abscess on lower right jaw. On clindimycin for 3 days. Should improvement show by now? A chess is harder and bigger.

Have an abscess on lower right jaw.  On clindimycin for 3 days.  Should improvement show by now?  A chess is harder and bigger.

Abscess: Primary treatment for patients with skin abscesses is incision and drainage. The role of ancillary antimicrobial therapy in the treatment of skin abscess is uncertain; incision and drainage alone may be sufficient, although some data suggest that antimicrobial therapy is beneficial. For small furuncles, warm compresses to promote drainage are usually sufficient treatment. ...Read more

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I'm have pain in my jaw on the right side. With what feels to be a knot on it as well. I do have a bad tooth at the area, but no abscesses?

I'm have pain in my jaw on the right side. With what feels to be a knot on it as well. I do have a bad tooth at the area, but no abscesses?

Infection: most common cause of your symptoms is an infected (abscessed) tooth. Your "bad tooth" is probably an infected (abscessed) tooth. Please see Dentist immediately, spreading infection can be quite serious. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen gum and a newly formed abscess below my left jaw, could you please tell me what are the causes? And what should I do ?

I woke up with a swollen gum and a newly formed abscess below my left jaw, could you please tell me what are the causes? And what should I  do ?

See a dentist ASAP: A tooth infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your body. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP for tooth infection treatment. ...Read more

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Can abscess drainage create a dry socket in your jaw?

Can abscess drainage create a dry socket in your jaw?

Perhaps: Perhaps a role. A dry socket starts when the protective effect of a blood clot in the socket is lost. An infection may prevent the clot from forming properly. ...Read more

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If you have a tooth abscess, would the top and bottom jaw hurt?

Yes: Yes tooth abscess can cause pain starting at the site of infection and than spreading to adjacent area if untreated..Causing pain in that area.. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth abscessed, and can't open my jaw! how to treat this?

Wisdom tooth abscessed, and can't open my jaw! how to treat this?

Oral Surgeon: Get to the oral surgeon asap. They can help you with this. Often they can provide medications to relax the jaw prior to the extraction. ...Read more

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Big lower jaw abscess showed up over night from an abscess tooth can't get to a Dr until to marrow what do I do if it pops?

Big lower jaw abscess showed up over night from an abscess tooth can't get to a Dr until to marrow what do I do if it pops?

Warm salt water rins: Actually if it "pops" that means it's draining! That's a good thing since your dentist will incise and drain tommorrow anyway! If it pops, then keep it draining with warm salt water rinses. Until it drains the pressure will cause pain. Alleve or Advil (ibuprofen) will help until you are seen! ...Read more

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I have no insurance and 1 week on Penicillin. Jaw pain, swelling, and pain are still here. What is going on. I can't afford a dentist.Help (abscess)?

I have no insurance and 1 week on Penicillin. Jaw pain, swelling, and pain are still here. What is going on. I can't afford a dentist.Help (abscess)?

Infection: You have a major infection that is not responding to the medication you are taking. You will need to see a dentist to solve your problem. Financing or borrowing from a friend or family member may be necessary. Hospital residency programs may be able to see you at a reduced fee. ...Read more

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Seen my dentist about draining a small abscess in my lower jaw. But she didn't- why? I'm currently on AB's but almost done, then penicillin next week.

Seen my dentist about draining a small abscess in my lower jaw. But she didn't- why? I'm currently on AB's but almost done, then penicillin next week.

Access in jaw: You dentist is the only one who can answer this question. My guess is he wanted to reduce infection before next step of taking out tooth. ...Read more

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What are the causes of jaw abscess/bone loss and subsequent tooth death, with no trauma, cracking, etc?

Periodontal disease: A slow tooth death usually is a result of periodontal disease. A fast tooth death usually is a result of a carries spreading into the nerve. These are common reason for tooth death, barring any trauma, cracking, etc... See your dentist and have your oral health exam. ...Read more

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Is it possible that peritonsillar abscess due to staph aureus is on left side but right jaw lymph nodes would be swelled? Not of left side

Is it possible that peritonsillar abscess due to staph aureus is on left side but right jaw lymph nodes would be swelled? Not of left side

Yes: Treat the abscess and see if the swollen lymph nodes go down. Right side swelling could be from the left side infection, or from a less obvious right-sided infection happening at the same time. If you finish the antibiotics and the lymph nodes remain swollen more than a week or so, get re-checked. ...Read more