Hi, first of all, I apologize if there's more appropriate place for this topic. I'm quite new to this and all these latin words disorients me. Please direct my question to more specified topic if possible. Thanks.
Anyways, my question is about mandible in general. Because two years ago, when I was 17, I got kicked in the lower jaw in taekwando sparring. It knocked me out good right then and it hurt for months afterwards where the jaw connects to the skull- even now I can make popping noise if I move the jaw certain way. But i'm 19 now and I notice that my jaw hasn't grown much in porpotion to my face. I mean, it doesn't look freakish or anything but two years ago I used to have much stronger looking lower face- jaw, chin, all that. Could it be that my mandible growth got stunted on that night of impact? Please free me of this tormenting curiosity. Thank you.
The clicking/popping sound you can make is called voluntary dislocation. Your jaw has not seated properly into your skull and by tensing your jaw muscles and opening/closing your jaw it will make that popping/clicking sound...Although other people probably can't hear it.
There is a chance it has stunted your growth if your nerves were damaged, although I don't think this is the case. Sounds like you just got a solid headshot. Chances are it is not related to your taekwando injury.