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Is Your Jaw Growing Unevenly?
Posted on 9/10/2019 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
It is something that happens naturally. A jaw should grow evenly for a person to maintain the right appearance. If it does not grow evenly, there are a variety of problems that can ensue.
It is possible to correct this problem, but like many things, the earlier you detect that your jaw is growing unevenly, the easier it is to correct. That leads people to ask what they should look for to tell if their jaw is growing unevenly and what does that mean.
Causes of an Uneven Jaw
The jaw is connected on both sides of the skull at the temporomandibular joint. It is possible that the joints on either side of the skull do not work in unison causing the uneven jaw. There are a variety of reasons that an uneven jaw can occur. TMJ disorder, misalignment of the teeth, birth defects and trauma are some of the causes for TMJ. There are different ways to figure out if any of these things are in place causing the uneven jaw.
Signs of an Uneven Jaw
If a person does not recognize one of the causes of an uneven jaw, they can look for signs that they suffer from it. The most common sign is pain. The problem is that the pain can happen in a few places, including in the temple, the back and shoulder area and the jaw itself. Another sign is a clicking sound in the jaw or popping in the ear. Some people experience what they describe as a tight jaw. Anyone with these signs should get checked to see what causes them.
It is possible to treat an uneven jaw. It may involve dealing with the cause if it involves trauma or TMJ or it could involve other devices that could even the jaw out. The good news is that it is not something a person has to live with.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.