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Why Could Your Jaw be Swollen if You Have Not Been Through Trauma?

Posted on 11/23/2020 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Although it is common for your body to swell when it's been traumatized, such as any intensive force or pressure, it can also swell even without trauma. Yes, there are many possible causes of a swollen jaw, even without facing down Conor McGregor in the Octagon. They can range from serious conditions to not-so-serious conditions, so it's important to examine your swollen jaw carefully, and call us if you have any questions. Consider the Possibilities Among the most common causes of a swollen jaw are swollen lymph nodes, glands near your jaw that can swell in response to a bacterial infection such as strep throat, and viral infections, such as a cold or mononucleosis. An infection may require antibiotics, and this kind of swelling will usually subside once the infection has been defeated. Another cause of swelling in the jaw could be a case of the mumps - a contagious viral infection that also brings fever, headaches, and sometime swelling of your saliva glands as well as your jaw. The Tooth Hurts A tooth abscess might also cause swelling of the jaw. An abscess occurs when bacteria infects your tooth, and pus develops around the infection. The abscess can cause throbbing pain and, of course, a swollen jaw. A recent tooth extraction, too, might cause swelling. Taking care of your teeth and gums will help prevent swelling. Lyme Disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and tonsillitis, among other conditions, have all been found to cause swelling in the jaw, as have certain kinds of cancer, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. If you are experiencing swelling in the jaw, and you do not know what could be causing it, simply give us a call. It could be the result of a serious condition, or it could be a quick, simple fix. Whatever it is, we can help....
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