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When I open my jaw all the way on side comes out farther then the other is this tmd?

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Dr. David Epstein
Dentistry - Cosmetic
7 doctors agree

In brief: Could be

What is happening is your jaw is dislocating at the joint at the base of your skull when you open, therefore causing a deviation upon opening.
This is very common with TMD and you should be seen by a dentist. Many times if this goes untreated, symptoms progress and more radical treatments such as arthroscentisis sometimes are treatments to help lessen your symptoms. trauma can also cause this

In brief: Could be

What is happening is your jaw is dislocating at the joint at the base of your skull when you open, therefore causing a deviation upon opening.
This is very common with TMD and you should be seen by a dentist. Many times if this goes untreated, symptoms progress and more radical treatments such as arthroscentisis sometimes are treatments to help lessen your symptoms. trauma can also cause this
Dr. David Epstein
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

Possibly TMD. However, if you have no other symptoms (like jaw pain, joint clicking, limited oral opening, chewing pain) nothing to worry about.
If you need reassurance, see oral surgeon or orofacial-TMJ specialist.

In brief: Possible

Possibly TMD. However, if you have no other symptoms (like jaw pain, joint clicking, limited oral opening, chewing pain) nothing to worry about.
If you need reassurance, see oral surgeon or orofacial-TMJ specialist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Your description could be possibly related to a TMJ dysfunction as the others have answered.
Another possibility could be an abnormality in in the growth pattern of your lower jaw, i.e, an asymmetrical lower jaw could also result in what you are describing. An evaluation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or orthodontist could help provide a more definitive answer.

In brief: Possibly

Your description could be possibly related to a TMJ dysfunction as the others have answered.
Another possibility could be an abnormality in in the growth pattern of your lower jaw, i.e, an asymmetrical lower jaw could also result in what you are describing. An evaluation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or orthodontist could help provide a more definitive answer.
Dr. Daniel Quon
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, TMJ syndrome

If you experience any of the range movement symptoms, you should speak to your doctor or, better yet, to your dentist.
Dentists commonly diagnose and prescribe treatment for temporomandibular joint syndrome or disorder. Hope it helps.

In brief: Yes, TMJ syndrome

If you experience any of the range movement symptoms, you should speak to your doctor or, better yet, to your dentist.
Dentists commonly diagnose and prescribe treatment for temporomandibular joint syndrome or disorder. Hope it helps.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ

that means that one of your two joints has a worn cartlidge disc between the ball at the end of your lower jaw to the socket in the base of your skull,several treatment options can be discussed with you oral surgeon or TMJ specialist .

In brief: TMJ

that means that one of your two joints has a worn cartlidge disc between the ball at the end of your lower jaw to the socket in the base of your skull,several treatment options can be discussed with you oral surgeon or TMJ specialist .
Dr. Tarek Hamid
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Dr. David Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ disorder

If you have no pain, it does not matter!

In brief: TMJ disorder

If you have no pain, it does not matter!
Dr. David Kam
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

This may be, for you, normal anatomic function.
That said, you may also have joint dysfunction. Start with your Dentist for an examination to see if treatment is warranted.

In brief: Possibly

This may be, for you, normal anatomic function.
That said, you may also have joint dysfunction. Start with your Dentist for an examination to see if treatment is warranted.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Richard Reams
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Changes in jaw open

It is common to see people who have their jaws show changes in the sides of there Temporomandibular joint when they open their mouth so this is not bad but can be a sign of early changes in the joint and this could lead to problems but then it may not as many never have problems.
If you get severe pain with the jaw with opening and closing or biting then it could developing a problem.

In brief: Changes in jaw open

It is common to see people who have their jaws show changes in the sides of there Temporomandibular joint when they open their mouth so this is not bad but can be a sign of early changes in the joint and this could lead to problems but then it may not as many never have problems.
If you get severe pain with the jaw with opening and closing or biting then it could developing a problem.
Dr. Richard Reams
Dr. Richard Reams
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Dr. Elton Behner
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It is a form of

TMD most likely one side easily dislocates off of the cartilage disc and the other does not.
It is best not to open far enough for this to happen. Limit the repeated trauma to the TMJ's. Over time this may diminish. See a dentist for proper evaluation.

In brief: It is a form of

TMD most likely one side easily dislocates off of the cartilage disc and the other does not.
It is best not to open far enough for this to happen. Limit the repeated trauma to the TMJ's. Over time this may diminish. See a dentist for proper evaluation.
Dr. Elton Behner
Dr. Elton Behner
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