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Doctor insights on: Distended Jaw

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My left jugular vein is very distended when my head is below my heart and neck feels swollen, feel pressure in chest, could this be heart failure?

My left jugular vein is very distended when my head is below my heart and neck feels swollen, feel pressure in chest, could this be heart failure?

Could be normal: When the head is below your heart the jugular can get distended and the upper body can feel "congested". If you are ok when the had is at chest level and sitting up, and if you are able to walk quickly, slow jog without significant shortness of breath or chest discomfort the heart failure is unlikely. Symptoms of heart failure include exercise intolerance, air hunger lying flat and leg swelling. Read more

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What causes jaw to lock up?

What causes jaw to lock up?

Displaced disk: Your jaw may be locked, which means that the articular disk that joins the upper and lower jaws (maxilla and mandible,) may be out of place. It may be displaced forward and does not allow the mandible to get back to its comfortable position and the lower teeth therefore do not come together. Read more

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How to get a good jaw line?

How to get a good jaw line?

If your are: Seeking cosmetic assistance, you can try a dermal filler to help define your jawline better, or look into plastic surgery. Please discuss these options with your cosmetic or plastic surgeon. Best of luck! Read more

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Why does my jaw keep cracking?

Why does my jaw keep cracking?

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. Read more

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Why does my jaw keep locking up?

Why does my jaw keep locking up?

Displaced cartilage: The problem is most likely the result of a piece of cartilage in the TMJ slipping out of its normal position and preventing the mandible (lower jaw) from moving properly. The first thing to do is stop chewing gum or very hard foods to keep from irritating it and get it examined by a dentist with experience in TMJ treatments. The range of possible treatments is large so accurate diagnosis is a must. Read more

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Is chin/jaw reduction worth it?

Is chin/jaw reduction worth it?

See a PlasticSurgeon: A well-defined chin helps to provide balance to the face and creates a cosmetically pleasing profile. Jaw reduction puts the whole facial frame into the right proportion. See a plastic surgeon for computer simulation and final decision. Read more

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Why is my jaw trying to lock up?

Why is my jaw trying to lock up?

TMJ Disc Displaced: This condition is characterized by displacement of the disc on closing followed by a failure to reduce the disc on opening and cause the jaw lock. The disorder is sometimes referred as "closed lock.". Initial therapy should be directed toward reducing the disc displacement through a manual mobilization. Rec.: see orofacial pain specialist for conservative solution. Very common and treatable. Read more

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Does your jaw thicken as you age?

Does your jaw thicken as you age?

Jaws grpw: You jaw will continue to grow until the age of 12 to 15, but sometimes it may grow slightly longer. The growth should be symmetrical and there should not be any pain or problems. Seek professional help if it appears that this may be anything but normal growth. Read more

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Pain on left side of jaw--causes?

Pain on left side of jaw--causes?

Need more Info: Anatomy (what is there) dictates what might be the problem. Jaw bone? Teeth? Muscles? Tmj? Gland? How long ago did it start? Previous trauma? Swelling? Infection? If it doesn't go away and bothers you, go see a doctor. Read more

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Can I make my jaw bigger/stronger?

Can I make my jaw bigger/stronger?

No: The size of your jaw is what it will be based on your genetics, eating exercises your jaw would really not recommend anything unusual as it may damage the joint (tmj). Read more

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What should I do about my jaw lockin?

What should I do about my jaw lockin?

Open and rock: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place. Read more

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How to make pain in your jaw go away?

How to make pain in your jaw go away?

Causation?: Depends on what the cause is. Could be many things. Some not serious. Some serious. See oral surgeon for diagnosis. Read more

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Can you tell me about jaw wired shut?

Surgical procedure: Having the jaws wired is a surgical procedure that can be performed via a number of different techniques. A bar and/or wires can be attached to the teeth in each jaw and additional wires or elastic bands can be used to hold the teeth together. Another technique is to use special screws placed in each jaw with wires or elastic band connecting the screws. Another way is use suspension wires. Read more

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What are good ways to unlock your jaw?

What are good ways to unlock your jaw?

Not easy: If your jaw is "locked" then cartilage is in the way of closure. You have to manipulate your jaw to undo this. You can try gradually moving your lower jaw left and right and this sometimes will work. The other option is to open it a little more, slowly and hold it at each point to release the stuck point. These will usually work but you might need to see an ENT specialist to help. Read more

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My jaw keeps locking up. What do I do?

My jaw keeps locking up. What do I do?

No specialist exists: There are no recognized TMJ specialists. I would begin with your family dentist and either get conservative help (splint and physical therapy) or get a referral to someone with experience treating these problems. Avoid surgery and try and find someone that can help you find a better functional position, maintain that for a matter of months and then decide on a final treatment. Read more

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At what age is the female jaw developed?

Varies: The female jaw usually is fully developed by age 16. Depending on environment, genetics, nutrition it can be developed by age 13-18. Read more

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What can be done to get your jaw unstuck?

Closed Lock: It depends on what's causing the jaw to get stuck, but it's most often due to a displaced disk in the jaw joint, or tmj. I recommend first of all a soft diet, moist heat, nsaid's and muscle relaxants, for which you'll need to see a doctor. Sometimes splint therapy is recommended. However, if the jaw doesn't "unlock" after a few months, studies show that TMJ arthroscopy shows the best results. Read more

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Pain in left side of jaw in early morning?

Pain in left side of jaw in early morning?

Bruxism: Sounds like you're clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping, called bruxism. You may be putting uneven pressure on your muscles while you sleep, and by morning, they hurt. See a dentist to check your bite and the wear on your teeth. Your bite may need adjustment or restoration and you may need to wear a night guard. You should also be checked for sleep apnea, which can produce bruxing. Read more

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Why does my jaw get locked in the morning?

Why does my jaw get locked in the morning?

TMJ problem: TMJ (jaw joint) disk is out of position and getting stuck. Comples problem. See TMJ expert. Read more