Temperomandibular joint disorder is a disorder that causes pain and inflammation in the jaw muscles and nerves of the temporomandibular joint. There is jaw pain, discomfort in jaws, headache, difficulty in chewing, earache, ringing in ears, and clicking of the jaw. Excessive grinding, stress, and arthritis can cause TMJ disorder. It is treated by taking medications, physiotherapy, and using bite guards help a lot.
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Re-treatment with root canal vs. extraction. Which is better?
Query: Hi doctor, I have infection on tooth number 14. I have been thinking about extraction versus retreatment. It is an 11 years old root canal treated tooth. A crown was placed on it 2 years ago. After that, once in a while it happened to become sore. Two months ago, another crown was placed on my low... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for sending across the x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). One of the roots has a huge abscess. The reason is that, it is only half filled. Half of the infected pulp is still inside. This actually can be retreated. But, it might require more ... Read Full »
What does popping sound while opening the mouth indicate?
Query: Hi doctor, I got facial pain, headaches, popping sound while opening jaw, pressure and sometimes neck pain as well. I got patchy mucosal thickening of ethmoid sinuses from a CT scan. I have attached my dental x-ray. Are my symptoms due to sinuses? Or do I have TMD of right mandible? Most of my sympt... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since the symptoms you have mentioned are strongly suggestive of temperomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you will need an advice from an oral surgeon and a neurologist. Avoid chewing anything hard on the right side in the meantime. A popping sound heard is the commonest s... Read Full »