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Masseter Muscle Spasm
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?
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
Would chewing gum build masetter muscles, if yes how long would it take? I have friends who chewed gum to build masseter muscle and it worked.
YES: It varies from person to person and and question why someone would want to build masseter musckes?
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.
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.
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.
My right masseter muscle is much larger than my left because of my habit of chewing on my right. Would chewing on my left even them out?
Yes: The muscle will increase in size the more you use it.
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.
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?
I know that chewing gum would make the masseter muscle in jaw bigger. Would chewing hard food also make it bigger? Carrots, bamboo? Jaw breakers?
Not so you'd notice: You would have to chew all day long every day for months for there to be a noticeable difference.
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.
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.
Muscle vs disk: The masseter muscle attaches the skull to the mandible. The disk sits on top of the condylar head in the tmj.
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 jawboneSee 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Can one reverse the muscular changes and facial appearance changes from teeth grinding? My jaw has widened and hardened. Can the masseter muscle atophy
Perhaps: Orthodontic and Oral Surgical consults are in order.See 1 more doctor answer
Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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