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Dear Dr. Girish,
Thank you for your response. I have scheduled an appointment with a dentist who specializes in TMJ, however, he is on vacation for 2 weeks. Should I wait for 2 weeks or should I go to another dentist and have this TMJ thing looked at asap? Is TMJ one of those diseases that will have a higher chance of successful treatment when treated early?
My friend told me to not open my mouth wide and to eat soft food for 3 months, I have been doing that for a few days and the click sound seemed to happen less frequently. Will the jaw bones heal themselves when I rest them just like the time when I broke my arm and wore a cast and my arm bone just healed itself? Thank you very much.
I would like to pay a fee for the time that you have spent on answering my follow-up question. Please also tell me which link I should click when I receive my follow-up answer. Thanks.
Thank you for your answers. I suppose I shouldn't surf the internet for tmj because some of the information that I have read on the internet are a little distressing. As I have written in my first email, I have had tinnitus for 2 years now. I read on the internet that tmj can cause hearing loss, that made me a bit stressed. Will tmj hearing loss go away and the patient regain normal once the tmj is being treated, or will the person lose hearing permanently even if he/she is being treated for tmj?
Regarding the fact that cartilage doesn't have blood supply, does it mean that cartilages will not heal by itself? Is there anything that I can do to promote the healing of the cartilages?
Thank you Dr. Girish,
I went to an Oral Surgeon who specializes in TMJ, he didn't ask me too many questions, just scheduled me for a MRI. Lately, my tinnitus has been pretty bad, and my ENT doctor told me to avoid loud noise for a few months while I am being treated for my tinnitus. I was wondering, can I call the Oral Surgeon office and ask them to schedule me for TMJ X-ray instead of an MRI? I don't think my TMJ is that serious, I just hear the clicking sound, ever since I have been eating soft food for a few weeks, i haven't heard the clicking sound, I don't feel any pain, and the nurse told me to open my mouth as big as possible and said that I can open my mouth like a normal person. My question is, if I ask the office to schedule me for a X-ray instead of a MRI, will there be valuable information that will be missing that can only be seen with a MRI? If not, then I will do a X-ray at his office first, because the last time I did a MRI, there was pretty loud noise inside the machine for about 20 minutes. Thanks Dr. Girish.
Thank you for your answer. I have another question which I have been hesitating to ask because it is a bit weird :-) I have been getting acupuncture treatments for my tinnitus, and each time the acupuncture doctor would stick needles around my ear, including the spot right before my ear. I was wondering if the acupuncture could be responsible for causing my TMJ problems? Because I remember that there were 2 times that right after I left the acupuncture clinic, and I start talking, I would hear clicks in my right ear when I open my mouth to talk, and I haven't been going to the acupuncture doctor for 2 weeks now I don't hear the clicks in my right ear. I am not sure if you would have the answers to my question, it's okay if not because I know that my concern is a bit strange. Thanks again Dr. Girish, best wishes to you and your practice.