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 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. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

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

I have had pain in the ear and backside of my head for the past year. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had mild ear pain and backside of my head pain for the past year.  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Could you give me some more information regarding your complaints? Does the headache appear always, or is there a particular time at which it appears? Have you checked your blood pressure recently? And regarding ear pain, is there any ass...  Read Full »

I am suffering from tinnitus for the past 16 months and my audiometry is normal. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had an ear problem for the last 16 months and, I experience tinnitus that appears while protruding and clenching the jaw. I had an audiometry test which appeared normal. I also saw my stomatologist seven months ago, who fitted me with a nightguard, and I have had 10 sessions of p...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The causes of tinnitus are often poorly understood. You have a history of 16 months; therefore, local conditions like otitis externa or wax do not seem likely to be the cause. Now that jaw movements accentuate this, the temporomandibular joint might be the cause....  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. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to cliniq.com. 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 sugg...  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 atrop...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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...  Read Full »

What is the relation between a TMJ issue and ear pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. I have facial pain, and I do not take any medications for the issue. I took an MRI. I need an opinion of my results of MRI brain. I am hoping to get a good look at my TMJ issues and any nerve issues. I got a report that said, few deep white matter T2 signal h...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It is normal but small hyperintensity may be due to decreased blood flow to the small areas in the brain. It might be due to migraine head...  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, so I tried to quiet it down with some exercises. I never went to the dentist until recently because of the COVID. Next thing about three months ago, I got pulse tinnitus in my ears the whole day, and I cont...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to ilciniq.com. 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 ...  Read Full »

Will X-ray not show fracture in the bone behind the front teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, Four years ago front right central incisor pushed back 1 mm. I had a root canal done three months later. I had an X-ray from the dentist and also an endodontist. They said they could not see bone behind the tooth fractured at all. However, when I eat certain foods, I feel clicks and hear...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and shall try my best to get some solution. The clicking and popping you are mentioning might not necessarily be due to the bone behind the top teeth. It might be just due to some movement in your teeth only or maybe if there is some mal...  Read Full »

Can TMJ disorder cause pulsatile tinnitus?

Query: Hi doctor, Can TMJ 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 test. MRI without contrast...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Is temporomandibular joint disorder related to pulsatile tinnitus?

Query: Hi doctor,I have pulsatile tinnitus for six weeks. I have done MRI and CT angiography. But the doctor cannot find anything abnormal in the tests. I have TMJ disorder and I am trying to do exercise for my mouth. I am planning to get a mouthguard from the dentist. Kindly tell me whether pulsatile tinn...  Read Full »


Dr. Upendra Kumar Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Temperomandibular disorders do not cause pulsatile tinnitus. But temporomandibular joint can cause tinnitus and it occurs in association with the movement of TMJ. It does not cause pulsations. It should have some relationship with jaw movement by increasing or decre...  Read Full »

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