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A 23-year-old male asked:

i have a painless small lump on my lower jaw. it doesn't ruin my looks and it doesn't bother me. is it a lymph node?

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Dr. Janet Turkle
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Please seek consulta: Your lump needs to be evaluated by a qualified ENT physician. There are many possible causes for this, many of which can be serious. Please seek attention asap!

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Are jaw manipulations effective at treating tmj?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Maybe: Only way to know is to try it. But don't give up after only one treatment. And i would also get more than one opinion before jumping into jaw manipulation. I am not a fan of scraping bone against bone before other options are tried.
A 50-year-old member asked:

I chew gum a lot at work. Is it true that your jaw gets bigger when you chew gum?

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No: The jaw is a bone, and like other bones it stops growing once a person reaches adulthood. The jaw should not get bigger regardless of what one chews.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Why does my jaw keep cracking?

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TMJ: This could be an issue with the temporomandibular joint (tmj). If you just hear a sound while chewing... That is the movement of the condyle of the jaw bone in the joint space. A popping sensation could be a problem with the joint cavity. A pain when chewing or talking could be inflammation of the joint space.
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popping or cracking usually is the result of a mismatch of movement of the lower jaw and it's protective capsule( stops bone on bone touching). This can happen because the muscles that move both are not coordinating well. See a DDS who treats TMJ
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A 46-year-old member asked:

I have a small white lump on my gum under my lower jaw? Non smoker.

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Dr. Ray Tidman
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Persist more than 4w: Lesons persisting more than a month need to be evaluated.
A 39-year-old member asked:

My boyfriend just got his jaw broken and wired. How can he eat?

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Dr. Samuel Horowitz
Dentistry 28 years experience
Liquified food: The hospital or doctor that has performed this surgery should certainly have provided and reviewed with him dietary instructions. Usually they give you a supply of enriched "shakes"- kind of like "enamel" for adults. Alternatively, you could blend a whole host of healthy foods in a food processor and drink them with a straw. Not terribly appetizing but nutritious!

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