Yesterday and today my lower left jaw has become quite swollen (directly beneath my rear-most molar), with mild general pain ... no apparent "focal point". The tooth and gums around the tooth seem to have no pain or swelling, but I am pretty sure there is a connection (toothpick/floss too vigorously, for example?) I did recently retrieve a popcorn kernel from that tooth bed. Can there be an infection that "kicks into overdive" this rapidly ... that does not also affect the gum/tooth? Is this an absess (abscess) (which I have never experienced before, so not sure how that feels/looks)?
I know I need to see someone, but WHO? Dentist or oral surgeon (or other)?
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