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A 30-year-old male asked:

Why is it that tmj on left side of jaw always rubs against cheek tissue and left side does not when i open mouth? this is after assault on chin. no fractures but tmj feels cracked. maxillofacial doctor sends me home and pt and night guard is done?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Suggest you seek clarification from an oral surgeon who could provide a second opinion. This could also provide perspective on the current recommendations.
Dr. Binod Verma
Dr. Binod Verma commented
Dentistry 40 years experience
Second opinion with TMJ specialist or Maxillofacial surgeon is necessary.
Apr 19, 2021
Dr. Binod Verma
Dr. Binod Verma commented
Dentistry 40 years experience
In the meantime do not try to open your mouth too wide
Apr 19, 2021
Dr. Binod Verma
Dentistry 40 years experience
You should get second opinion from Maxillofacial surgeon .I’m the mean time avoid opening your mouth too wide and also avoid eating hard and crunchy food .
Last updated May 23, 2021
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