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Doctor insights on: How To Increase Jawbone Density And Strength

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Does a "bone graft" and/or a "bone block" (for later implant) increase jawbone height due to reabsorption following extraction years earlier?

Does a "bone graft" and/or a "bone block" (for later implant) increase jawbone height due to reabsorption following extraction years earlier?

Yes in most cases: A bone block is a type of bone graft.
There is a discussion whether a bone
block or a particulated bone graft is
better. I have seen great results with
both. A successful bone graft is
depends on many factors. Smoking,
diabetes & poor oral hygiene can
contribute to a failure. The skill of the
surgeon is also important. ...Read more

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Every time I eat big portions of food or I eat something spicy my jawbone locks, doesn't hurt but its harder for me to eat. Why does this happen?

Every time I eat big portions of food or I eat something spicy my jawbone locks, doesn't hurt but its harder for me to eat. Why does this happen?

TMJ: In some folks the joint between the jaw and the skull, the TMJ, can be unstable, and my pop out of joint with wide openings of the mouth. I'm not sure why you experience this with spicy food. I suggest you discuss this with your primary physician and/or your dentist. It's not uncommon that there is little or no pain. (TMJ = temporomandibular joint...that's why we use TMJ) Good luck. ...Read more

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How far can I widen my mandible?

How far can I widen my mandible?

Unclear: Your question is a little confusing to me. Unless you have a special kind of mandibular distraction surgery, you really can't make the mandible wider. If you mean widening the opening of the mouth, that varies on your jaw joints and the surrounding muscles. Maybe you could try to re-word your question. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I a broken mandible?

What can I eat if I a broken mandible?

Ask your surgeon: There are many kinds of mandible fractures and there are different treatments for each kind. Some need surgery some just a soft diet. Ask your surgeon what is right for you. ...Read more

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When I stretch out my neck to look up it hurts just on my jawbone, should I be worried?

When I stretch out my neck to look up it hurts just on my jawbone, should I be worried?

Muscle spasm: Probably just muscle spasm. Only be concerned it it persists or gets worse. If so, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am getting a lancing pain under my left jawbone which is sometimes transferred to the left side of my neck. What could be causing this? 23yrs, f

I am getting a lancing pain under my left jawbone which is sometimes transferred to the left side of my neck. What could be causing this? 23yrs, f

Tough one: Tough one to answer online. Is it the cart or the horse. Is it the jaw pain causing the neck pain or the neck pain causing the jaw pain. Odds are this is something simple and will go away, but you must check it out. You could have some thing going on in the bone of the jaw or a "gland" under the jaw from which the nodes in your neck are responding. ...Read more

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Hello! In the last 3 days I have developed a pain on the right side of my kneck, under my jawbone. It hurts when I touch it or when I turn my head.?

Hello! In the last 3 days I have developed a pain on the right side of my kneck, under my jawbone. It hurts when I touch it or when I turn my head.?

Get evaluation: Hard to say what the problem is from information given. Start with your MD or DDS. You may need referral to oral surgeon or ENT to lcoalize problem. If TMJ, see TMJ specialist. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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I have a small dime-sized lump a little above my jawbone. What could it be?

I have a small dime-sized lump a little above my jawbone. What could it be?

Something or nothing: Lumps can be anything from normal anatomy to infections, cysts, tumors, etc. Whatever it is, it shouldn't be ignored. See a dentist immediately to have it examined and properly diagnosed. ...Read more

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Do I need IV antibioyics for jawbone infection?

Do I need IV antibioyics for jawbone infection?

Depends on infection: Infection that involves the jawbone can be serious. Taking antibiotic by mouth may provide unpredictable absorption and level of antibiotic in the body. It is usually tried first. If that fails to control the infection, IV antibiotics and possible debridement, cleaning of the infected bone, are usually done. Other tests may also be done. Your treating doctor will be able to advise you. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for exposed jawbone?

What is the medical term for exposed jawbone?

Exposed jawbone: The term depends on the source of the problem. Normally, there should be no exposed bone in the jaw. If there is, it's abnormal and usually painful. If it's after an oral surgical procedure, it may be a dehiscence or an infection. It can also be cause by certain medications (bisphosphonates) and is termed osteonecrosis, or dead bone. You should see a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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My right jawbone looks bigger than the left. Is there anyway to cure this?

My right jawbone looks bigger than the left. Is there anyway to cure this?

Asymmetry is normal: No ones face is symmetrical. If it is bothersome an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can possibly correct it with surgery. ...Read more

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What is the cost of mandible surgery?

What is the cost of mandible surgery?

Varies: Like any other surgery, the cost of mandible surgery can vary according to the procedure, surgeon as well as the facility involved. Your best bet is to consult an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Can the mandible be affected by tumors?

Can the mandible be affected by tumors?

Ye it can be: Almost any part of the body can be affected by cancer. ...Read more

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What causes a Mandible to be Small and weak?

What causes a Mandible to be Small and weak?

Genetics: The reason that patients have a small and weak mandible is usually related to genetics. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for a jawbone disease?

What's the best treatment for a jawbone disease?

Vague question: However, the best treatment is to 1. Positively identify what exact disease process/pathology is present - confirmed clinically, radiographically (if applicable), hematologically with any serum markers or lab profiles if applicable & microscopically with biopsy 2. Determine definitive surgical treatment if indicated & follow-up - including any referral prn (radiation oncologist, immunologist, etc). ...Read more

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What could cause calcifications behind the mandible?

What could cause calcifications behind the mandible?

Calcifications: Calcifications behind the mandible can be due to a few issues but depend on where the calcification is exactly. Is it in the bone, soft tissue or blood vessels: previous infection, inflammatory issue, cancer are possible causes. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the lower mandible be advanced without surgery?

I'm wondering can the lower mandible be advanced without surgery?

Unlikely at age 35: At the age of 35, mandibular advancement is not an option without some type of surgical intervention. During early childhood, some mandibular growth can be stimulated and/or directed with special dentofacial appliances under the care of an orthodontist. ...Read more

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Can I use Fosamax (alendronate) for jawbone necrobiosis?

Can I use Fosamax (alendronate) for jawbone necrobiosis?

No: Iv meds in the Fosamax (alendronate) category (bisphosphonates) have been implicated in causing osteonecrosis of the jaw. If you have this condition, i'd consult with your physician about the advisability of continuing on these meds if you are already taking them. If you live anywhere near a dental school or oral surgery residency program, i'd suggest being evaluated there as a first step. ...Read more

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Doctor I have a lump on the right side on my jawbone and I feel pain I pull it?

Doctor I have a lump on the right side on my jawbone and I feel pain I pull it?

See your dentist: Some conditions may require further assessment, tests and your PCP may book a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a mandible hairline break in the jaw what is the treatment for this?

I have a mandible hairline break in the jaw what is the treatment for this?

Mandible fracture: How old are you? Do you have teeth surrounding the fracture? What did the doctor who ordered the x-ray tell you? Usually with a non-displaced, hair-line fracture management consists of soft diet and decreasing repetitive stress (chewing gum) and eliminating external trauma. Can take Motrin, aspirin or advil (ibuprofen) for any discomfort. It will take around 3 months to achieve sufficient healing. ...Read more

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Mandible and ear pressure after eating, should I be concerned?

Mandible and ear pressure after eating, should I be concerned?

TMJ?: This could be related to your tempro mandibular joint. Malfunction in your joint, which is right in front of your ear can cause your symptoms. See a dentist for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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What is mandible?

What is mandible?

Lower jaw bone: Your mandible is your lower jaw bone. ...Read more

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Is it bad to jut the mandible foward?

Is it bad to jut the mandible foward?

Undesirable habit: Thrusting the jaw forward forces the TMJs out of their sockets. When the jaw is placed in a forward position, undesirable tension in the submandibular region (lateral pterigoid muscle) See an Orofacial Pain practitioner for habit evaluation and any underlying psychological or emotional cause for this excessive tension. ...Read more

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How long does a mandible take to heal so you can eat?

How long does a mandible take to heal so you can eat?

Depends on fracture: Severe fractures may take 6-8 weeks to fully heal and some even need to have the upper and lower teeth wired or elastic banded together. So what and when can you eat all depends on the injury. Ask your surgeon what's appropriate. ...Read more