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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Moderate Jaw Swelling

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced moderate jaw swelling. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Acute Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)

    A salivary duct stone is the most common disorder of the salivary glands (where you make spit). They can range in size from tiny particles to stones that are several centimeters in length.

    Symptoms last 26 days on average

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling on one side of the face, swollen jaw, painful face swelling, spontaneous jaw pain, painful jaw swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Tooth Abscess (Infection)

    A tooth abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) in the center of a tooth. It is due to bacterial infection.

    Resolves after treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    severe jaw or tooth pain, swollen jaw, jaw stiffness, tooth pain that gets worse with hot, cold, or sweet beverages, warm and red jaw swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with tooth abscess (infection):
    severe jaw or tooth pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Chronic Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)

    A salivary duct stone is the most common disorder of the salivary glands (where you make spit). They can range in size from tiny particles to stones that are several centimeters in length.

    Symptoms last 26 days on average

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling on one side of the face, swollen jaw, spontaneous jaw pain, painful jaw swelling, painful face swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Chronic Inflammation of the Salivary Gland (Parotitis)

    The parotid glands are large salivary glands that sit inside each cheek, over the jaw in front of each ear. Chronic recurrent parotitis is a condition that causes repeated cycles of swelling in these glands, causing swelling and occasionally dry mouth or a strange taste.

    Most episodes of chronic parotitis are treated symptomatically. Antibiotics are often effective. In the most severe cases, the inflamed gland can be surgically removed.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    jaw pain, moderate fever, swollen jaw, dry mouth, swelling behind the ears
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic inflammation of the salivary gland (parotitis):
    swollen jaw
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Infected Wisdom Tooth (Pericoronitis)

    Pericoronitis of the 3rd molar is an infection of the gums surrounding the 3rd molar (wisdom tooth). It almost never happens to normal teeth because wisdom teeth take a long time to break the gums (erupt). It's believed that once the wisdom tooth breaks the surface of the gums, the bacteria in the mouth get into the gums at that spot and cause an infection. This is also worsened by food particles that build up in the area.

    Need treatment for it to get better

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    possible wisdom tooth pain, moderate tooth pain, tooth pain that makes chewing difficult, severe tooth pain, mild tooth pain
    Symptoms that always occur with infected wisdom tooth (pericoronitis):
    possible wisdom tooth pain
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Jaw Swelling

  • Q.Is your swollen area warm and red?
  • Q.If you touch the swollen area, is there pain?
  • Q.Do you take good care of your teeth?
  • Q.Are your symptoms worse while eating?

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Moderate Jaw Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced moderate jaw swelling have also experienced:

    • 18% Moderate Jaw Pain
    • 14% Jaw Pain
    • 6% Severe Jaw Pain
  • People who have experienced moderate jaw swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 49% Less Than a Week
    • 36% Less Than a Day
    • 6% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced moderate jaw swelling were most often matched with:

    • 50% Tooth Abscess (Infection)
    • 25% Acute Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)
    • 25% Chronic Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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