I have been trying to find the source of swollen glands / nodes under my jaw for months. I have been on antibiotics (keflex, doxycycline) a couple of times for a sinus infection and an ear infection on the opposite side but the gland is still swollen. Now I am starting to believe it is related to a wisdom tooth. First of all, is this possible?? If so would it take a different type of antibiotic to correct a wisdom tooth problem??
The wisdom tooth is on the bottom left and has been the same for years. It came through the gum but is angled sideways and pushes right up against a back molar. My dentist says that food is getting caught between the wisdom tooth and the molar but he does not see any infection on the xray.
The swollen gland is right under this wisdom tooth. I don't have any real pain but sometimes there is ache in my jaw where this wisdom tooth is. Can this wisdom tooth be causing the swollen gland?? Can I have an infection without any real symptoms (pain, fever, etc)?? I am thinking of getting the wisdom tooth removed but am afraid it would make any existing infection worse?
Anyone have a similar situation?? Any thoughts would really be appreciated.
I have a wisdom tooth infection right now ( the same bottom left!) I went to the dentist yesterday b/c my jaw and tonsil were hurting. I can see that it is a bit swollen. I dont have a fever or feel sick in any other way though. Just pain. So to answer your question - YES you can get an infected wisdom tooth without a fever or anything. I am taking amoxicillin for it. After 12 hours its already starting to feel better. I have to have them removed! I am SUPER scared of that.
Don't be nervous. Wisdom teeth can cause problems within the glands. Simply even the pressure of the tooth if it doesn't quite fit. It is worth a try to have it extracted...otherwise, you won't find out. The country I live, the drs all refused to attend to my gland problems until I had all wisdom teeth removed which proves that they are sometimes responsible for salivary gland problems. I can't say my problems have disappeared, far from it, but the option of wisdom teeth is removed. If you have it extracted, ddts say that it needs about two months to heal properly. So, patience is a must.
Hang in there,
Take good care
I am not a doctor but I can add a few more cents worth from my own neverending battle...
Have your wisdom tooth extracted asap so that you can find out asap whether or not the gland pain and swelling is caused by it. A gland can ache from a tooth but it is also the other way around...teeth ache from swollen glands under and around them. The process of elimination is the only way. I already mentioned how my dr here had refused to forward me to the immunologist and gland specialist until "teeth" were eliminated. Should you mention a wisdom tooth problem or that you still have them to a dr while experiencing gland probs, I guarantee you they will send you to the oral surgeon first. I have had to have all them removed and now I am waiting for a gland specialist and immunologist (next month) to continue testing. My gland problems persist but atleast I haven't got the drs nagging at me and ignoring me because of my wisdom teeth. Now I am being taken more seriously...atlast after a year of severe pain and malaise. Are you experiencing any joint pain, muscle aches, malaise, mild fever, chills, weightloss, earaches (endless list pf symptoms)? If you have any other more serious symptoms then it may be more than your wisdom tooth but then again, if the wisdom tooth is infected and putting pressure on a gland, it can cause numerous unpleasant side effects. Are you afraid of having it removed? After all of the dental work and pain I went thru, having my wisdom teeth extracted while "asleep" was the most "pleasant" procedure of all. My upper ones healed perfectly, just the lower ones seemed to struggle. Forgot to ask, which gland is sore? It also helps figure out what the problem is. If it is at the beginning, then it will still be localised but if you wait too long it will spread and start to affect more glands and make it more difficult to figure out what the source of it is. Time is of an essence here. Don't make my mistake...wait and wait and see if things magically improve...surprisingly, in my case, they "magically" got worse.
Hope some of the able makes sense...I always get carried away because there is so much involved in these precious matters.
Take good care,
Listen to your body...not your dr.