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Tmj Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders affect the jawbone joints, adjacent muscles, and ligaments. It can occur due to improper bite, wear, tears, trauma, or arthritis. Even though it is not a life-threatening condition, it can lead to stress and depression when left untreated. Treatment includes splints, physical therapy, surgery, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. The condition usually resolves on its own.

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I have TMJ pain. Will the mouthguard help with TMJ's problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I have terrible temporomandibular joint pain in my jaw, clicking and popping sounds in my ears, sharp pain in my facial bones, and also, my jaw and teeth hurt after every meal for two or three months. I went to the dental clinic, where the dentist took my x-ray and diagnosed me with tempo...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query, Mouthguards are the first preference of choice for temporomandibular joint issues, although they are not the only solution for correcting the jaw. You would first require a muscle relaxant to relieve your joint discomfort, and also I need to k...  Read Full »

Please help to interpret my CBCT report for my TMJ problems.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having TMJ (Temperomandibular Joint) issues. I have recently taken CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) and would like some help looking them over.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I will be answering your query shortly. Thanks.  Read Full »

My friend has a jaw problem that creates a sound while chewing and opening his mouth. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am helping somebody with a jaw problem. He has a demanding wife who demands him to stay awake for five days and to satisfy her every hour with his tongue for many years. It took extra force because the woman had some damage from an accident. Now he has problems with chewing and openi...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I will be answering your query shortly. Please check your follow-up messages. I am a maxillofacial surgeon. Do not worry. Regards.  Read Full »

My mother is having TMJ pain. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother who is 79 years old is complaining of right temporomandibular joint pain off and on. She has problems opening the jaw during the pain at times (not always). Would you please advise on this? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This would happen firstly because, with age, facial muscles will usually start sagging or wrinkling, leading to muscle constriction, which is expected at this age. Occasionally these pains will be severe with limited mouth opening (trismus). When that happens, I suggest ta...  Read Full »

Why do I feel that the left side of my face is losing volume slowly?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30-years-old male, and I am suffering from left trapezius aches and discomfort for five years. About three years ago, I noticed a dark cycle under my left eye. This concerned me so much. I began to research this, and I came across a condition called progressive hemifacial atrophy...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the pictures you sent (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Both the sides of your face are symmetrical, and there is no noticeable difference. Your case is not facial atrophy as there is no change in the face's features, and you also have pai...  Read Full »

Do pain in the cheeks near the ear, and pulse tinnitus indicate TMJ disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had pain in my cheeks near my ear for the past year. I know it was from TMJ(Temperomandibular Joint), so I tried to quiet it down with some exercises. I never went to the dentist until recently because of the COVID (Corona Virus Disease). Next thing about three months ago, I got pu...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The continuous jaw pain signifies even after a month that either your facial muscles and joints are tight or that you may be suffering from an underlying condition like osteoarthritis. The tightness of the joint or muscle accompanied by tinnitus may be what the dentist mi...  Read Full »

Can TMJ disorder cause pulsatile tinnitus?

Query: Hi doctor, Can TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint) disorder cause pulsatile tinnitus? I have had pulsatile tinnitus for six weeks. I also have a TMJ disorder. It hurts intermittently inside my ear and sometimes on the sides of my face. But my concern is about the 24/7 pulsatile tinnitus. I have had every t...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The oceanic noise which you feel you are hearing in your inner ear may have nothing to do with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. TMJ disorders usually produce clicking, grating or popping sounds along with tinnitus that increases in intensity over time or aggr...  Read Full »

I suffer from pain in my ear and jaws when grinding with an upper bridge. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from pain in my jaw when grinding with an upper bridge (placed two years ago). I am experiencing pain in my ear. I want to fix the deep grinding and pain in the ear? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I see that you are on hypertensive medications. For how many years are you taking Propranolol? This question is extremely relevant to my diagnosis, and most importantly, I want to know if you are getting ear pain only while chewing or eating or when you bite food. I will...  Read Full »

I have a TMJ clicking problem which increases with stress. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a TMJ problem of clicking and popping sounds with pain sometimes, and it elevates when I am in stress. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will surely help you and will give you detailed instructions.  Read Full »

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