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Dr. Charles Lockhart Dr. Lockhart
Dentistry
5 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. David Kam Dr. Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
32 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Robert Douglas Dr. Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
47 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Sandra Eleczko Dr. Eleczko
Dentistry
32 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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.

Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Dr. Robert Douglas Dr. Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
47 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Does overusing the masseter muscle change the jaw shape or jaw bone? It seems one side of my jaw is squarer than the other. The bone seems less curved

Does overusing the masseter muscle change the jaw shape or jaw bone? It seems one side of my jaw is squarer than the other. The bone seems less curved

Yes: Yes. Read: http://drnissani. Net/mnissani/bruxnet/Effects. Htm You may want to see a TMJ expert. Botox may be indicated.

Dr. David Mjos Dr. Mjos
Dentistry
40 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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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.

Dr. Marc Rendell Dr. Rendell
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
45 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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

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Dr. Roya Arbab Dr. Arbab
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
28 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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.

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Dr. Gary Sandler Dr. Sandler
Dentistry
50 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin (metaxalone) just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you.

Dr. Stephen Pyle Dr. Pyle
Dentistry
35 years in practice
Creighton University School of Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. James Andrea Dr. Andrea
Dentistry
30 years in practice
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Amir Khan Dr. Khan
Sports Medicine
23 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Why could I suddenly develop muscle spasms?

Why could I suddenly develop muscle spasms?

Many reasons: Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains a sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp, as can be seen with exercise. Overuse, spine problems, posture, fatigue, diminished blood supply, injury and certain diseases can contribute to spasms. See doctor.

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


Dr. Ellen Bondar
434 Doctors shared insights

Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more