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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of A Pulled Jaw Muscle

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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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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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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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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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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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How to relieve tightness in jaw muscles?

How to relieve tightness in jaw muscles?

Try these: Apply warm packs application, try tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (if no allergies), exercise your jaw (up & down movement) may help.
Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I have small bumps under on side of my neck and my jaw muscle feels tough?

I have small bumps under on side of my neck and my jaw muscle feels tough?

Need atteion: Any ' tough' or hard lump in the head and neck area need immediate attention, have to see your physician to make sure it is not a metastatic lymph node (malignant). ...Read more

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How to deal with pain in jaw muscle or submandibular joint?

How to deal with pain in jaw muscle or submandibular joint?

Two diff. Things: If the pain is from the jaw muscle under your cheek that could be from the parotid gland under it,
if the pain is from the joint TMJ, treatments varies from a simple night guard to surgery,
see you's dentist to determine the cause of the pain and treat it. ...Read more

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List possible causes for atrophy of cheeks and jaw muscle in 20 year old male.

List possible causes for atrophy of cheeks and jaw muscle in 20 year old male.

Anorexia??: Most common cause is malnutrition and most common cause for that on teens is eating disorder ...Read more

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I have large jaw muscles and I want to slim it, but is there a way without botox?

I have large jaw muscles and I want to slim it, but is there a way without botox?

Masseter Hypertrophy: Enlarged masseter muscles can be treated with Botox to help reduce, over time, the bulk of the muscle. People who have a primary problem of clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth, may want to seek advice from a dentist to be fit for a night guard to help prevent this. I don't know of any other good interventions, however. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some types of jaw exercises to help loosen the jaw muscles (mainly around the joint?

Can you tell me some types of jaw exercises to help loosen the jaw muscles (mainly around the joint?

TMJ exercises: Try putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth, opening your mouth wide with your tongue in place, and breathing in slowly for two counts, and out slowly for two counts. Release and repeat 6 times, every 3 hours. Make a fist and place it directly under your chin. Balance the weight of your fist and press as you gently try to open your jaw. See OFP for consult. ...Read more

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My jaw muscles have been very stiff for months. Now they are twitching. Could this be sign they are looseningup?

My jaw muscles have been very stiff for months. Now they are twitching. Could this be sign they are looseningup?

Just the opposite: Please see a dentist with experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Your muscles are in tetany. You may need comprehensive orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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If you clench your teeth alot, can your jaw muscle get bigger, giving you a larger jaw?

To a degree: The jaw muscles can enlarge with clenching of the teeth but not enlarging of the jaw. ...Read more

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Pain in collarbone, neck and very tight jaw muscles. All due to tmd?

Pain in collarbone, neck and very tight jaw muscles. All due to tmd?

Maybe, maybe not: Pain in the collarbone area is not a common sign or symptom in tmd. However, very tight jaw muscles and neck pain are commonly seen in tmd. It sounds like you may be suffering from myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome (mpds), which is one of several forms of tmd (temporomandibular disorders). Treatment for this is usually nonsurgical, involving medication and physical therapy. ...Read more

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I have large jaw muscles and I know botox can slim it. Is there any other non-surgical way?

I have large jaw muscles and I know botox can slim it. Is there any other non-surgical way?

Nope: Masseter hypertrophy occurs in muscular men and certain asians. Botox has been used to reshape the face very predictably and safely by causing a certain amount of atrophy of the muscles. ...Read more

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Tips for at home/otc tx of cramping jaw muscles? Not sure if tmjd related or "just stress" or something else....

Tips for at home/otc tx of cramping jaw muscles? Not sure if tmjd related or "just stress" or something else....

Injust stress: Sorry you are suffering. It could be "just stress" or it could be something medical/dental. Mine was fixed with a root canal! but this problem is like quitting smoking--you need to find what works for you. Yoga? Meditation? Situps? Change your pillow? Change your job? Change your shrink? All reasonable! Hang in there, ; see a gp or dentist who can eval you properly. ...Read more

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I have had TMJ and jaw muscles have been in spasm and tight. Is it a good sign if the tightness is fading and the muscles are beginning to ache?

I have had TMJ and jaw muscles have been in spasm and tight. Is it a good sign if the tightness is fading and the muscles are beginning to ache?

Good sign indeed: Moist heat, soft food, physical therapy, teeth apart during the day and NSAID otc will resolve the problem.
However, see orofacial pain specialist for evaluation, diagnosis and future prevention. ...Read more

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Could my extreme jaw muscle tightness be from an allergy shot I got a couple days earlier? It has been a few days and still not calmed down yet.

Could my extreme jaw muscle tightness be from an allergy shot I got a couple days earlier? It has been a few days and still not calmed down yet.

Unlikely: The most common adverse reactions to allergy injections typically occur at the site of the injection and within 30 minutes. This usually includes itching, redness and mild swelling. Uncommonly a more significant allergic reaction can occur such as asthma or generalized itching. Symptoms localized to the jaw with muscle tightness would not be expected. Other causes should be sought. ...Read more

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Can TMJ and tight jaw muscles cause muffled ears - how?

Maybe: Tmj and muscle pain can cause pain around the ears as well because of the close proximity of the ear and the jaw joint. Your dentist or ENT can evaluate you and your symptoms and find out which one is the main problem and where to start treatment. ...Read more

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I have jaw muscle pain on the right side of my face and worsens when laying down. There is no pain when I'm standing?

I have jaw muscle pain on the right side of my face and worsens when laying down. There is no pain when I'm standing?

TGN: If you lay down you put pressure on that side of your face. It is quite possible you are compressing a nerve close to the surface. Another possibility is trigeminal neuralgia. Also known as tic delaroux. Get it checked out with your dentist or md. If it is the later...It could be very painful. Also...Just a note...Could be your sinuses misbehaving. ...Read more

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Mucocele? Small, clear, somewhat flat, non painful sore inside cheek. When massaged jaw muscle, jelly consistancy salty goop came out of sore.

Mucocele? Small, clear, somewhat flat, non painful sore inside cheek. When massaged jaw muscle, jelly consistancy salty goop came out of sore.

Mucocele?: We can't diagnose these types of things over the internet any more than you can tell me if the red spot on my skin is an irritation, poison ivy, rash, insect bite, blemish, bruise, etc. It could be a number of things. If you want to know for sure, see your own dentist. ...Read more

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My jaw muscles seem to tire easily. It happens when I am either talking/chewing and it comes on very quickly and it hurts until I rest it. Ideas?

My jaw muscles seem to tire easily. It happens when I am either talking/chewing and it comes on very quickly and it hurts until I rest it. Ideas?

Bruxer?: Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? A sleep partner could probably tell you. If so, consider a brux appliance to relax the jaw muscles. ...Read more

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Out of nowhere my neck, upper back, and jaw muscles have gotten sore. I haven't laid down or strained them. It has even moved to my cheeks. What is it?

Out of nowhere my neck, upper back, and jaw muscles have gotten sore. I haven't laid down or strained them. It has even moved to my cheeks. What is it?

Bruxism: Hard to say without more information. Your symptoms often result from bruxism - clenching and grinding of the teeth. See your DDS or oral surgeon for assessment. If negative, see MD. ...Read more

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Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?

Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?

Yes: But you may have this in reverse order. TMJ disease can result in muscle spasm and aches, sometimes with bruxism. ...Read more

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I grind my teeth at night. Dental insurance is out until next year. Is there a supplement I can take that'll make my jaw muscles relax?

I grind my teeth at night. Dental insurance is out until next year. Is there a supplement I can take that'll make my jaw muscles relax?

Teeth grinding: Taking medications will not prevent the involuntary act of grinding your teeth. The bite needs evaluating. Maybe you have stress as a trigger point but the bite may ultimately be the problem. Have your dentist check it. Good lyck! ...Read more

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My ears need to pop, but I can't get them to. The pressure is off. My ears feel full. Every time I move my jaw muscles I hear crackling.

My ears need to pop, but I can't get them to. The pressure is off. My ears feel full. Every time I move my jaw muscles I hear crackling.

Don't pop them: You could blue out the tympanic membrane so do not pop them. You could have a few issues with the eats so it is best to see your doctor for evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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My dentist gave me two shots of novacaine into my jaw muscle 3 weeks ago. Right now I can only open my mouth about an inch before the pain starts. Help.

Go for follow up: Novocaine effect lost only few hrs, you still may have problem with infection etc, call your dentist explain and go back for follow up visit ...Read more

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Unable to open mouth wide since orthodontia. Jaw muscle goes into spasm during long dental work. Need help asap?

Unable to open mouth wide since orthodontia. Jaw muscle goes into spasm during long dental work. Need help asap?

Orthodontia: You need to call your orthodontist to evaluate reason. I can't diagnose the cause without an exam myself. A proper treatment can be determined once the cause is known. ...Read more

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What is causing me to have pain in my jaw muscles. It only hurts at nighttime when laying down. Is it an ear infection?

What is causing me to have pain in my jaw muscles. It only hurts at nighttime when laying down. Is it an ear infection?

Bruxism?: There are some people who clench their teeth and grind their teeth during sleep or unconsciously while under tension. It is also possible to have temporal mandibular joint problems which are positional in nature. Suggest you see a dentist/oral surgeon or ENT doctor and get this problem solved. ...Read more

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Can you have cramps or spasms in your side jaw muscles? I was yawning and felt a sharp cramp for second while mouth open, no pain oranything following

Can you have cramps or spasms in your side jaw muscles? I was yawning and felt a sharp cramp for second while mouth open, no pain oranything following

Muscle cramp: Any muscle can be susceptible to a "cramp", if recurrent a physical exam and some blood tests might be indicated ...Read more