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Could Your Jaw Swelling Be Related To TMD
Posted on 1/9/2023 by Dr. Michael Allard
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint. If the disk on this joint becomes misaligned or erodes, the movement on your jaw will no longer be smooth. TMD requires immediate medical attention because it worsens with time. Once it is diagnosed, the joint will respond well to treatment. However, TMD can be tricky to diagnose because it has different symptoms, including swelling that you can mistake for another condition. Here is how your jaw swelling can be related to TMD.
Facial Pain and Swelling
Though relatively uncommon, you can have some swelling on the side of your face due to TMD. The swelling is caused by inflammation and damage to the joint capsule. The swelling can also cause excruciating pain, which is impossible to ignore. The facial swelling can be severe or mild and will mostly appear after you continuously use the infected jaw without seeking medical attention. To avoid this, it may be ideal to see our professional as soon as you feel some pain in your jaws before it becomes severe and persistent and develops into a more serious condition.
Dental Abscess with a Facial Cellulitis
If you have a dental abscess you have an infection of the tooth. This condition means that you have a pocket of pus at the tip of the root of the tooth in your jawbone. If the abscess is not treated, it can present as a swelling on your gums near the infected tooth. If the infection becomes severe, it can spread to your face and cause it to swell. This is known as facial cellulitis. It is important to note that facial cellulitis is a severe condition, and it spreads very quickly. The injection can also affect your temporomandibular joint and your ear. Contact our team of specialists about your oral pain of jaw swelling for the right diagnosis and treatment.