1. Three years, approx. Pain is increasing. Seems to involve saliva glands at times.
2. Three years, approx.
3. No--but may have a tooth absess too.
Extra info: There is a seemingly unrelated growth (like a skin flap) on the roof of my mouth. It grows very slowly, and seems about the same time frame for its start. Dentist thought maybe papiloma--doctor agrees but will not remove. Must go to a specialist to remove it.
It seems very unusual to me that a gland would remain infected for three years without either healing or turning to something more serious. The area involved has spread. What do you think?
Also, I am not aware of clicking or grating. Is that symptom usually present in TMJ?