Do Temporal Implants Cause Problems with Chewing?

Q: Dr. Eppley, After you put a temporal implant on the muscle, will I feel discomfort when chewing?

A: Placing a temporal implant under the fascia and on top of the muscle will not cause any long-term discomfort with mastication. Most patients will experience some tightness on mouth opening right after the surgery due to the muscle trauma but this is temporary. The best way to get over the tightness is to stretch and eat and chew normally.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana