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 been experiencing popping of the jaw when I open my mouth and sore gums since I had a car accident eight years ago. 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 am a 28-year-old pilot having left ear pressure with no pain and hearing issues. Can this be a TMJ issue?

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 »

I suffer from temporomandibular joint pain, along with clicking and popping in my ears. Will the mouthguard help overcome TMJ 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 underwent CBCT for my temporomandibular joint issues, and I would like to know its interpretation. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having TMJ issues. I have recently taken CBCT 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 »

I an unable to chew due to pain in my TMJ, and now my face looks asymmetrical. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having pain in my right TMJ. It has been there for many years but is getting worse. I am not able to chew anything. The right side of my face looks fuller than the left, and my face looks asymmetrical. My TMJ used to get stuck or make clicking sounds till last year. But now it does no...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is due to a disorder in TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and one side is hypertrophied due to a chewing issue. This problem can be due to problems in teeth, high contacts, lack of teeth, trauma to the joint, and retro discitis. You are advised to visit a nearby dent...  Read Full »

There are clicking sounds whenever I open and close my mouth wide. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am experiencing clicking sounds whenever I open my mouth wide and close it. It is not painful, but I am curious because I have been experiencing this for the past week. I am a male, my height is 5 feet 10 inches, and my weight is 85 kilograms. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The clicking sound is due to some TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problem (could be either hard or soft tissue related). The cause can be ruled out only after clinical examination and checking X-rays. Kindly visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the same. Since you d...  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 ...  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 »

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 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 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....  Read Full »

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