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does temporomandibular joint disorders or jaw cracking change what your jaw looks like from the outside?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Possible: It can change the look of your face but that is in severe cases. Severe TMJ can lead to resorption of the joint bone changing the angle of the lower jaw.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Not generally, no.: Tmj disorders, or temporomandibular disorders, generally don't change the shape or appearance of the jaw unless advanced degenerative changes occur in the joint. If the joint severely deteriorates, as in advanced osteoarthritis, then that can cause the jaw to shift downward and backward, causing the angle of the jaw to increase and possibly creating an anterior open bite.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Rare: Rare. Almost never. If you do have a change, may be something more serious. See oral surgeon.

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