Severe Jaw Swelling Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand severe jaw swelling symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Severe Jaw Swelling Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

5 Possible Severe Jaw Swelling Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced severe jaw swelling. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Jaw Swelling

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

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

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Severe Jaw Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced severe jaw swelling have also experienced:

  • 15% Severe Jaw Pain
  • 13% Jaw Pain
  • 5% Toothache

People who have experienced severe jaw swelling were most often matched with:

  • 55% Infected Wisdom Tooth (Pericoronitis)
  • 22% Acute Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)
  • 22% Chronic Salivary Duct Stone (Sialolithiasis)

People who have experienced severe jaw swelling had symptoms persist for:

  • 49% Less than a week
  • 36% Less than a day
  • 6% Over a month

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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