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Q. I have pain in the left side of the jaw and I am unable to chew food on that side. Please help me.

Answered by
Dr. Bharat Joshi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 24, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am 36 years old. Four days back, I started to have pain in my left jaw (inside). I could not recognize the exact point as to where the actual pain is. Therefore I had a clove (for two days) between my left side tooth which reduced the pain thereafter. Yesterday evening I felt my left side portion was swollen, and I did oil pulling and saltwater rinse (morning and night), after which I felt better. Pain is there only when I touch that part. I chew food only using my right side tooth.

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Hello,

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It is probably a gingival or periodontal abscess (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) due to infection. It needs to be drained. Right now, I am prescribing medications for immediate relief. Please update me if relief is there.


The Probable causes:

Infection.

Investigations to be done:

X-ray.

Differential diagnosis:

Abscess.

Probable diagnosis:

Abscess.

Treatment plan:

Tab Amoxycillin 500 mg twice a day for five days.
Tablet Aceclofenac 100 mg on pain only.
Warm saline rinses 6 hourly a day for 5 days.

Preventive measures:

If the pus has drained, it is ok. Otherwise, drainage may be required.

Regarding follow up:

Please go by my instructions and update me if either no relief is there or if allergy to medications is there.


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