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Hard golf size lump near jaw line, hurts to touch. Had an old filling broke off a molar. Is this the cause ?

I have had this lump like a size of a golf ball it is hard and hurts when I touch it. It is near my jaw line. I have had an old filling break off on my one molar and thinking this could be the cause of the swelling on my jaw line. I am hoping it is not an abcess. I do not have dental insurance, and a little worried as to what it could be. I have never had this problem before. I have been taking idrophrone to keep the swelling down which as not been helping.
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
The lump associated with the fractured filling may be due to re-infection/periapical infection of the broken filling.
Pleease do visit a dentist and get clinical and x-ray exmination.
If there is abscess,get it drained.
Infected pulp has to be removed completely.
Take complete course of antibiotics and analgesics.
Frequent warm saline and sodium hypochlorite rinse may help.
Avoid biting on hard foods with the restored tooth.
Take care.
Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM,

Lumps seen in the oral cavity can be of various types . They can be infective lesions related to tooth like periodontal abscess or gingival abscess draining in the oral cavity.

lumps are also formed due to bening or malignant swellings of the jaws .

cysts of the jaws , related to tooth or bone may also lead to swelling .

parotitis or parorid gland swelling may also form lump behind the upper jaw line.

exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination and evaluation by taking radiographs.

i would suggest you to get and OPG radiograph done which will help in diagnosis and accordinglt treatment can be planned .

consult an oral surgeon and get the examination done.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Lump near the jaw line can be due to peridontal abscess drained by the infected tooth, there could be re-infection of the filled tooth leading to pain, swelling and abscess formation in the region.

I would suggest you to visit to a Dentist get the checkup done ,
Take an x-ray of the region, which will give the periapical condition.
Get the abscess drained by the Dentist.
Start with the Root canal treatment of the tooth.

Take tab amoxiclav 625mg tab ibuprofen twice for three days.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, use antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

your history suggests that you have developed an abscess, after reinfection in your old filling.

it is advised to visit your dentist and get that filling remove.

A x ray can be very much diagnostic in this case.

you can see the extent of periapical infection developed.

first the abscess has to be drained. later on the tooth can be saved by root canal treatment.

please do not ignore, infection might affect other spaces too.

Hope it helps.


take care.
Answered: Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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