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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 had a popping jaw and sore gums for 8 years. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I suffered a car accident that occurred eight days ago. I was rear-ended on the freeway, and the impact caused my head to hit the steering wheel. Although I do not recall the exact details of the event, I have noticed a bruise and soreness on my head, indicating that it likely occurred....  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Based on your description, I would like to inform you that the popping sensation in your jaw is likely an indication of an injury to your jaw joint during the accident, which may have resulted in dislocation or damage to t...  Read Full »

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 »

I have left ear pressure without hearing issues. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male suffering from weird left ear pressure for six months, I am a healthy airline pilot. My symptoms are mild ear pressure only in the left ear. No pain and hearing are fine. Sometimes I feel discomfort (not pain) in my left side neck and left throat as well. I went...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like a eustachian tube dysfunction. It is a benign condition and if you are not troubled too much by it, you can safely ignore it. Good hydration can be effective and may be supplemented by nasal saline drops as needed. The drops should come in contact with ...  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 »

I have nausea after taking Naproxen for my TMJ flare-up. Is it safe to stop the medicine abruptly?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been in a TMJ flare-up for two months. My doctor prescribed 500 mg of Naproxen twice a day to decrease the inflammation and pain a week ago. I have taken fifteen doses. I take the medicine with food or a glass of milk. I also take 60 mg of Dexilant daily so my doctor said that s...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Here are the answers to your questions, Yes, it is possible to show side effects of tablet Naproxen 50 mg after a week. You can stop the drug cold turkey, no need to worry about this. The side effects will improve within 24 to 48 hours o...  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 »

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 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 phy...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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. You m...  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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