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My left masseter muscle hurts constantly why? It's only the left side anything I can do to relax it

My left masseter muscle hurts constantly why? It's only the left side anything I can do to relax it

Several Reasons: Could be from clenching or grinding your teeth at night or the way you chew. See a TMJ specialist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I've had a hemangioma in my masseter muscle for the last ten years. It hasn't grown, but should it be removed? It doesn't hurt but I am aware of it.

I've had a hemangioma in my masseter muscle for the last ten years. It hasn't grown, but should it be removed? It doesn't hurt but I am aware of it.

It depends: How do you know it is a hemangioma? Only a biopsy can confirm such a diagnosis. Imaging studies can suggest a hemangioma but it is not definitive! ...Read more

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20yr male and my masseter muscle on my face has apparently shrunk. I am a fit guy. Why might this happen. And how do I fix/build. I tried excersises.

20yr male and my masseter muscle on my face has apparently shrunk. I am a fit guy. Why might this happen. And how do I fix/build. I tried excersises.

Muscle changes: Need to be evaluated by your doc. A remote possibility is that you may have body dysmorphic disorder. This could be the case if your doc says your muscle is ok and you still have concern. In that case please consider seeing a mental health professional who specializes in BDD. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have TMJ and wear a mouth guard. My masseter muscle has been in spasm for a long time now. What is the best way to treat?

I have TMJ and wear a mouth guard. My masseter muscle has been in spasm for a long time now. What is the best way to treat?

Moist heat: Moist heat will aid in muscle tenderness and will help to alleviate the Lactic Acid buildup in the masseter resulting in spasm. If discomfort persists, see your dentist to check appliance for imbalance. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's the masseter muscle problem or its natural? What happen when overused? Does it affect the jaw bone, making it more square?

How to tell if it's the masseter muscle problem or its natural? What happen when overused? Does it affect the jaw bone, making it more square?

Enlarged?: I assume you mean your masseter muscles are enlarged. Can be due to overuse. It can affect the jaw bone, making it more square.
Seek evaluation by an oral surgeon for your specific case. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am clenching my teeth when I'm asleep? Would my teeth hurt or just my upper teeth? How to determine a masseter muscle overuse?

How do I know if I am clenching my teeth when I'm asleep? Would my teeth hurt or just my upper teeth? How to determine a masseter muscle overuse?

Nocturnal clenching: There can be muscle pain, headaches, jaw pain, sensitive teeth, broken teeth, and other teeth changes. Many times there is poor sleep quality. Your dentist can evaluate your teeth and jaw and determine if you are clenching at night. ...Read more

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Does overusing the masseter muscle change the jaw bone shape or jaw appearance? Does it change the jaw bone making it less curve? Please be specific.

Does overusing the masseter muscle change the jaw bone shape or jaw appearance? Does it change the jaw bone making it less curve? Please be specific.

No: The shape of the jaw bone is determined by genetics and early function. The masseter (cheek) muscle may grow from overuse and affect the width of the face. You might only notice this in very lean persons. ...Read more

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How are the masseter muscle and the articular disk in jaw distinguished from each other?

Muscle vs disk: The masseter muscle attaches the skull to the mandible. The disk sits on top of the condylar head in the tmj. ...Read more

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Does overusing the masseter muscle change our jaw bone (the bone itself) shape? Or the muscle just give a wider jaw appearance but no harm to the bone

Does overusing the masseter muscle change our jaw bone (the bone itself) shape? Or the muscle just give a wider jaw appearance but no harm to the bone

Tmj pain: Overusing the masseter does not change the jaw bone but can affect the the joint between the temporal bone and the jawbone ...Read more

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Can larger masseter muscle (right side) cause a constant (3+ yrs) heat sensation on the cheek? Trigeminal MRI inconslusive, do have bruxism.

Can larger masseter muscle (right side) cause a constant (3+ yrs) heat sensation on the cheek? Trigeminal MRI inconslusive, do have bruxism.

Not likely: Larger masseter are usually seen in patients who are bruxers. And both sides right and left masseter gets enlarged evenly. It is very unlikely that you would have a unilateral heat sensation due to larger muscle. Is the area red, swollen or tender? First rule out infection or irritation in that region. Next, I would recommend you consult a neurologist if no other cause is seen. ...Read more

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How to tell if I clench my teeth during sleeping? How long would my jaw be sore? How long for masseter muscle to build up? How to stop clenching?

How to tell if I clench my teeth during sleeping? How long would my jaw be sore? How long for masseter muscle to build up? How to stop clenching?

Clenching: Your own dentist can examine you personally for signs of bruxism such as wear of teeth and abfraction. Soreness of jaw, muscles, joint varies. Your own dentist can examine your occlusion (bite) and advise you steps necessary to reduce bruxism and damage caused from it. Reduce your stress (easier said than done) will tend to reduce clenching and grinding harmful habits. ...Read more

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Possible masseter muscle in cheek strain after dentist? 3 wk constant meds. Headache tooth pain ear pain. Wisd. Tooth RCT & 4 fillings. Cause of pain?

Possible masseter muscle in cheek strain after dentist? 3 wk constant meds. Headache tooth pain ear pain. Wisd. Tooth RCT & 4 fillings. Cause of pain?

Inflammation: You may have an inflamed masseter from being stretched open too long or too wide; you could also have trismus from the anesthetic injection. Other possibilities include the occlusion being off on the new restorations.
Moist heat, restricted diet and anti-inflammatories should resolve muscle pain; if the bite is off you need an occlusal adjustment. ...Read more

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Can you reduce masseter muscles without using botox?

Can you reduce masseter muscles without using botox?

Botox is best: Technically you could reduce the masseter muscle surgically but that is much riskier and requires a scar, so why consider that when Botox can do the job? ...Read more

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I have enlarged masseter muscles, can clenching at night be a cause? Can it cause them to spasm and cause pain?

I have enlarged masseter muscles, can clenching at night be a cause? Can it cause them to spasm and cause pain?

Yes, yes.: Physical therapy, splint therapy, Botox, are all effective ways to address TMJ pain. Placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth to keep you from clenching during awake hours can help minimize problems. But this won't solve problems when sleeping. You can risk damage to your teeth and the disc that the condyle rides on by ignoring it. ...Read more

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21M. Something is happening to the muscles of my face for 1yr now: no cheeckbones, chin muscle, and less masseter muscles. Any reasons why that happen?

21M. Something is happening to the muscles of my face for 1yr now: no cheeckbones, chin muscle, and less masseter muscles. Any reasons why that happen?

Muscle wasting????: It is difficult to answer your question without seeing you photograph, and what you had before your symptoms started in comparison. Is it one side only or the whole face.???? It extreemly unusual to have "muscle wasting" of the face only. .. ...Read more

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Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more