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Swollen cheek, bump in jawline, tender, no decaying tooth. X rays done. Is it inflamed nerve?

My 4 year old son has a swollen cheek and you can feel a bump at the jawline. It only hurts when you touch it. I took him to an urgent care today and the Dr. Looked inside his mouth and didn't see any decaying tooth. I took him to the dentist a month and he didn't have any cavities then. At the urgent care the took x-rays, but nithingcoul be seen. Could it be an inflamed nerve? Should I follow up with the pediatrician, or the dentist?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Cheek swelling can be a result of varios reasons, it can be due to the underlying dental issue causing inflammation in mouth, growth such as tumors, cysts, trauma to the face, allergic reactions and infections, inflammation of the lymph node and parotid gland known as parotitis.
If a person is exposed to a particular allergen then the cheek may swell in response.

I would suggest you to get complete clinical examination by a Pedodontitis by taking necessary test and x-rays.
OPG radiograph may help in confirming the underlying cause.

Hope this answers your query,

Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
I feel you should first consult a Pedodontist. This could be a eruption cyst or dentigerous cyst. An OPG x ray could reveal if there is an underlying pathology. Since your son does not have cavities the reason of swelling could be due to a cyst formation. Consult a Pedodontist at the earliest.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hello there ,

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 accordingly treatment can be planned .

consult an oral surgeon and get the examination done.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Thanks for your query.
As you provided the detail,it seems that your sun is having eruption cyst.
Eruption cyst is nothing but only a swelling prior to a tooth eruption,which will subside itself after the eruption of the tooth.
Pain is normal in this case so nothing to get worried.
Take Care.
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Pain on touch is called tenderness / usually due to infection / at jaw line is dental
Take him to a dentist

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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