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Can TMJ cause the indent on the side of my head to be swollen? There uneven it's been like that for a while one side comes out more then the other is it something serious?

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Dr. Felicia Mata
Dentistry - Cosmetic
6 doctors agree

In brief: See a TMJ dentist

Possible displacement of the disk can cause harm to the joint.
A TMJ work -up maybe recommended. The sooner the treatment, the better to prevent further damage.

In brief: See a TMJ dentist

Possible displacement of the disk can cause harm to the joint.
A TMJ work -up maybe recommended. The sooner the treatment, the better to prevent further damage.
Dr. Felicia Mata
Dr. Felicia Mata
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Dr. Andrew Killgore
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Muscle inflammation

Clenching can cause hypertrophy of both the master muscle (lower jaw- all the way back and in the corner) and the temporals muscle (above and near) the "indent" you are speaking of.
Trying putting your hands on both areas separately and see if these areas become swollen and tender when you clench.

In brief: Muscle inflammation

Clenching can cause hypertrophy of both the master muscle (lower jaw- all the way back and in the corner) and the temporals muscle (above and near) the "indent" you are speaking of.
Trying putting your hands on both areas separately and see if these areas become swollen and tender when you clench.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Dr. Andrew Killgore
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

Sounds abnormal, but not likely TMJ.
See an oral surgeon or ENT doc for a head/neck examination.

In brief: Not likely

Sounds abnormal, but not likely TMJ.
See an oral surgeon or ENT doc for a head/neck examination.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. John Cheng
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Jaw pain

TMJ can cause mild to severe pain with clicking or popping.
If it is persistent, you should see your primary care physician for assistance.

In brief: Jaw pain

TMJ can cause mild to severe pain with clicking or popping.
If it is persistent, you should see your primary care physician for assistance.
Dr. John Cheng
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Dr. Lawrence (larry) Korenman
Our bodies are asymmetrical - it is not necessarily pathological that one side is different than the other - see a dentist trained to treat/diagnose TMJ to determine if you have a swelling - do you have pain/popping/clicking/locking opening or closing???
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible muscle

You have jaw muscles that may enlarge, like other muscles, if exercised.
Heavy gum chewers or bruxers sometimes exhibit enlarged chewing muscles that a lay person might interpret as swollen. Best bet is to get to a dentist with experience in diagnosing TMJ issues and determine what is happening and what, if any, treatment is indicated.

In brief: Possible muscle

You have jaw muscles that may enlarge, like other muscles, if exercised.
Heavy gum chewers or bruxers sometimes exhibit enlarged chewing muscles that a lay person might interpret as swollen. Best bet is to get to a dentist with experience in diagnosing TMJ issues and determine what is happening and what, if any, treatment is indicated.
Dr. John DeWolf
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Indent

If you're talking about the area just behind and above your eye, the answer is no.
If it's the area just in front of your ears, possibly. Although the two sides of our face are asymmetric, you probably shouldn't be able to see a difference. Ask your General Dentist or General Physician to take a look. Specialty referral may be in order.

In brief: Indent

If you're talking about the area just behind and above your eye, the answer is no.
If it's the area just in front of your ears, possibly. Although the two sides of our face are asymmetric, you probably shouldn't be able to see a difference. Ask your General Dentist or General Physician to take a look. Specialty referral may be in order.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: See OFP specialist

It is possible that your jaw is slightly displaced, a problem called TMJ dysfunction.
See OFP specialist they are expert in this field. Take care.

In brief: See OFP specialist

It is possible that your jaw is slightly displaced, a problem called TMJ dysfunction.
See OFP specialist they are expert in this field. Take care.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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