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Swelling around the lower jaw of an 86 year old female patient due to a dental abscess. A dental abscess is a painful pus-filled swelling caused by a bacterial infection in the tissue around the root of the tooth. Treatment is with antibiotics, and sometimes a root filling or extraction of the tooth.
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