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Swollen jaw but no tooth pain

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 (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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Seeing an oral surgeon is advised.
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taipei, Taiwan