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Old 06-15-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Question assymetrical jaw due to swollen cheeks

I've had tmj issues for the past 12 years. I've also always had roundish cheeks, even before tmj. I'm noticing that my lower cheeks have a permanant swollen (not just round) look to them now. I've had three doctors now tell me they can tell just by looking at me that I have tmj problems and have for a long time due to my facial swelling. It wouldn't be so bad if I looked symmetrical, but one side looks different than the other and is more pronounced. I look like I got socked in the face. It's almost like a deformity.

Anyway, all that to say, I'm looking to get Buccal fat removal done via a plastic surgeon, to make my face look normal and symmetrical. I'm about to get fitted for a new acrylic splint though through an oral surgeon, and I'm wondering if it will magically make my tmj issues go away and correct my asymetrical face? Or is the damage done and no amount of splint therapy will correct what my face looks like?

I'm so embarrased by what my face looks like, I want to get this buccal procedure done asap. But I don't know how long I should wait for the hope of my tmj issues being resolved before I go for it. And the question again is...even if my tmj issues get resolved, will my face go back to normal.

Sorry for rambling. Any thoughts?

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Old 06-15-2009, 05:00 PM   #2
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Re: assymetrical jaw due to swollen cheeks

I'm no expert for sure, but I think that it would make sense to wait a bit before changing your face until you see how your TMJ treatment turns out. Your TMJ treatment might take care of both problems.

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Re: assymetrical jaw due to swollen cheeks

Your face will go back to normal once you get the proper tmj treatment that allows your muscles to once again function normally, equally and in unison but it might take several motnhs for you to see the facial improvement. But if you are able to be a little more patient and put up with the asymmetry a little longer you may realize you won't need the procedure done and be able to spend that money elsewhere or put toward your tmj treatment - as that can get pricey

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