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How To Increase Jawbone Density And Strength
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I have two movable lumps one on each side of neck under jawbone, you can only feel them when my head is down, and as I raise my head u cant feel them.
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
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
Lymph nodes: You have lymph nodes and salivary glands under the jaw bone. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Some people suffer from that from dental abcess. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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