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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

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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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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I am interested in getting jaw and/or chin implants, but fear that after building more muscle/maturing a bit more my face shape may change?

I am interested in getting jaw and/or chin implants, but fear that after building more muscle/maturing a bit more my face shape may change?

Talk to surgeon: Any plastic surgery is affected by age, weight and time to varying extents. Talk to a couple of different surgeons about what you want done, what you hope to achieve and the results both long term and short term of any procedure. Go with the doc who you trust most and do some research about the procedure on your own as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my breasts to change shape or look strange when raising my arms over my head? Is this because of muscles pulling?

Is it normal for my breasts to change shape or look strange when raising my arms over my head? Is this because of muscles pulling?

Shape and ligaments: The breasts are actually shaped like a comma with a tail out toward the armpit. Therefore, the shape will be different than when you have your arms down. This actually occurs because of ligaments attaching to the breasts called cooper's ligaments. You are at the age where you should have a breast exam and a baseline mammogram and I would recommend seeing your doctor for that. ...Read more

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I've noticed I lost a lot of muscle in my jaw. Will it grow back to it's normal size?

I've noticed I lost a lot of muscle in my jaw. Will it grow back to it's normal size?

Depends on cause.: Sometimes, with severe abnormal weight loss, you can get temporal wasting. Consult your doctor to make sure you don't have severe occult underlying disease such as malignancy or infection. ...Read more

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Is the pain in my jaw from muscles or from joints?

Is the pain in my jaw from muscles or from joints?

Consider: Consider the cause. Also, consider an evaluation by an osteopathic physician as there may be a manipulative technique which may help your symptoms and treat or augment your treatment. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my jaw muscle size?

How can I reduce my jaw muscle size?

Surgery/splint/botox: If your muscle enlargement is due to clench/grinding - a nightguard may help. Botox can also work in the same situation. Occasionally, the muscles that are enlarged can be sculpted surgically by an oral surgeon. See a board certified oral surgeon for options. ...Read more

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Why are my jaw muscles suddenly going tense?

Why are my jaw muscles suddenly going tense?

Could be stress: In today's society, many people are finding themselves under more and more stress. The body often reacts to this by clenching or grinding the teeth. Since the muscles of the jaw are like any other muscle, the more they get 'worked', the larger and more powerful they can become. This will lead to more tension, force, and possible pain and joint problems. ...Read more

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What do I do if possible to make jaw muscle larger?

What do I do if possible to make jaw muscle larger?

Chew gum: But not a good idea because you could end up overloading your jaw joint. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I enlarge my jaw muscles?

Not a good idea: In general because only way to enlarge a muscle (outside of cosmetic surgery) is through exercise and you could end up overloading your jaw joint (tmj). ...Read more

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I hv z muscle of the right cheek is thicker thn the lft one. Dntists told me that this is due to a problem in my jaw and no solution, any other help?

I hv z muscle of the right cheek is thicker thn the lft one. Dntists told me that this is due to a problem in my jaw and no solution, any other help?

Masseter hypertrophy: Masseteric hypertrophy is a relatively uncommon, condition. Non-surgical modalities of treatment include tranquilizers or muscle relaxants, cognitive behavioral therapy and injection of very small doses of Botox A. See an orofacial pain specialist for consultation. They are the expert in this field. Take care. ...Read more

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I was eating by one side for few months, and it lead to clicking in my left jaw and little dissimilar face. That side looks thin with loose muscles.:-\?

I was eating by one side for few months, and it lead to clicking in my left jaw and little dissimilar face. That side looks thin with loose muscles.:-\?

Overuse dysfunction: Form and function are two halves of a working structure. By using only one side you place more stress on one joint and the muscles, which may lead to a compromise in the form of a beginning dislocation (click). You should find a dentist in your area that treats these type of problems wth conservative means (splint / physical therapy) and work to establish a better functional position. ...Read more

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I was eating by one side for few months, and it lead to clicking in my left jaw. That side looks thin with loose muscles. Can dissimilarity be corrected?

TMJ issues: It does sound like you are having TMJ related problem. There are exercises you can do -- look for my tip on TMJ exercises. There is a link where you find them. Also, are you able to use both sides of your mouth equally now? If so, try to do it gradually, as your muscle strength builds up. Also, a bite guard may help especially at night when you have no control over your tmj. ...Read more

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Could you have a muscle spasm or charlie horse in your jaw?

Yes: Sore muscles, muscle spasm are common in people who clench or grind their teeth. This can also happen from trauma.
Your dentist can help you with this problem. In the mean time don't eat chewy or hard foods. Stick with a soft diet. Ice packs can help. Ibuprophen can also help but only for temporary relief. You need to see a dentist. ...Read more

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What can be done for weak jaw muscles?

What can be done for weak jaw muscles?

Physical therapy: There are several different types of physical therapy that can be done to increase the strength of your jaw muscles. Consult your dentist. ...Read more

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How to slim jaw muscles from grinding?

Night appliance: Use of a properly made night time appliance is effective. Also, Botox has been shown to help. ...Read more

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Is there a muscle that wraps under the jaw/mandible?

Is there a muscle that wraps under the jaw/mandible?

Yes there is: I believe that you are talking about the mylohyoid muscle when you refer to the muscle that wraps under the jaw/mandible. There are lots of muscles in that region but that one best fits your description of it's distribution in my mind. ...Read more

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When I yawn my jaw muscles tense up and hurt why is this?

When I yawn my jaw muscles tense up and hurt why is this?

May be sensitive: If your jaw muscles are irritated from doing a lot of chewing (gum, for example) or from clenching or grinding your teeth, yawning can overstimulate the muscles causing a spasm. This spasm leads to the feeling of tenseness and pain. Try a soft diet for a week or so and see if this helps. You might want to see your dentist as well. ...Read more

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My jaw muscles tense up for some reason when chewing. What can I do?

Relaxation exercises: Massage, moist heat, jaw stretching exercises. You may chronically clench your teeth. See your dentist about a splint or nightguard. ...Read more

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Why does the under part of my jaw where neck connects hurt like I pulled a muscle?

Why does the under part of my jaw where neck connects hurt like I pulled a muscle?

SCM myalgia: Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) Myalgia, or muscle pain is a symptom of many disorders. Moist heat, passive stretching and Aleve (naproxen) OTC is usually the best choice for the sudden pain, stiffness, and dull aches that are characteristic of muscular-type pain. See your doctor if you have no improvement in your condition after 1 week. ...Read more

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Is there a way to enlarge your jaw muscles so they bulge out similiar to brad pitts?

Not a good idea: In general because over-exercising the jaw muscles (masseters, as in case of brad pitt) could end up overloading the chewing apparatus/jaw joint. I'm afraid brad was just naturally endowed unlike most of us! ...Read more

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I yawned and might have pulled a muscle next to my jaw since it's really painful. How do I get this treated?

Hard/Soft Nightguard: 1. Apply moist heat for 20 minutes 2-4 times each day to the painful area.
2. Eat a soft diet. Avoid hard foods. Do not chew gum!
3. Chew your food on both sides at the same time to reduce
4. Tongue up and teeth apart – I suggest that you closely monitor your jaw position during the day.
5. Otc anti-inflammatory as directed as needed.
6. You may need a bruxer guard for while you sleep. ...Read more

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What's is this quick pain under my jaw in the gland area, sort of like my muscle getting caught in something?

Jaw/neck pain: The jaw works with pairs of muscles. The major muscle under the border of the mandible is the digastric and loops ligaments in the neck. Also the throat bone called the hyoid have groups of muscle that support the tongue and aid in swallowing and eating. Any muscle can get a cramp with a sharp brief pain. However persistent pain in the throat may be hyoid bone syndrome and requires a md/dds look. ...Read more

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