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Why Your Jaw Could Unevenly Grow


Posted on 8/25/2019 by Dr. Chapko
Why Your Jaw Could Unevenly GrowYour jaw is composed of tendons, muscles, and bones that help it work. When any of these structures become imbalanced your entire jaw can become uneven. There are several reasons why this may happen.

Trauma

Accidents and traumas can sometimes be the catalyst that causes a broken jaw. It can also cause your jaw to become fractured or dislocated. The good news is that slight fractures will usually heal on their own. However, if your jaw is broken you may need to have surgery to make sure that your jaw heals correctly. Even if you have a dislocated jaw you may still need to have surgery to stabilize your jaw while it heals.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

TMJ is quite common. It's typically caused by either trauma or arthritis, but there are some times when you may develop TMJ for an unknown reason. Treatment for TMJ consists of icing your jaw so that the pain and inflammation decrease; taking over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g. Acetaminophen, Tylenol; ibuprofen, Advil); avoiding placing any strain on your jaw; doing exercises to improve the movement of your jaw; managing your stress so you can relax your jaw; and wearing an orthopedic mouth piece that raises your bite and repositions your jaw.

Teeth Misalignment And Birth Defects

When your teeth don't allow your jaw to settle correctly into position, it may become uneven. We may recommend that you get braces or wear a retainer to help fix this problem. Doing so could take 16 – 18 months. If your jaw is severely uneven, it may take even longer. It's also possible to be born with an uneven jaw. Surgery along with supportive aftercare and changes to your lifestyle is necessary here.

Regardless of why your jaw may be uneven, you should give us a call and schedule an appointment so we can discuss how to we can help.
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