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Suffer from TMJ. Have clicking sound while eating. Node on the neck. Related to gum problem?

Good Afternoon,
Hope you are in the best of health. I would like to ask 2 things please:
1. My 19year old daughter has TMJ, when she chews anything on her left side, she gets a clicking sound. What can i give her?
2. My Right side of the neck has a node, can this be related to my teeth and gum problem?

Thanking you in advance
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello and welcome.

Thanks for writing your query.

TMJ problems may arise due to altered biting habits may lead to pain in front of ears. This makes mouth opening, biting and swallowing difficult.

Teeth grinding habit often alters the biting habit and leads to occlusal disharmony.

Exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination. So please visit a dentist and get the evaluation done.

You may need an OPG radiograph done for you, which will help in ruling out the problem. Accordingly treatment can be planned.

Enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck is called as lymphadenopathy and it is a sign of infection . yes it may be the result of tooth infection spreading to underlying structures or it may arise due other health problems .

please get the examination done by a physician.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

your daughter has to be clinically examined and a x ray will be required to view the pathology in TMJ,which is causing this clicking sound.

later on your dentist can evaluate the case and try to correct it through either by some occlusal correction or by tmj surgery based upon severity.

now coming to your second query.infected teeth and gums can definitely lead to enlarged is better to treat the cause.

hope it helps.


take care.
Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm,

The clicking sound in the tmj may be due to dislocation/trauma/inflammation of tmj.
An x-ray will help to find out the cause of disease.
Avoid mouth opening too widely.
Also check whether wisdom teeth is impacted/erupting/
Regarding your node in the neck,this can be inflammation of lymph nodes due to fever/infection or tonsillitis/pharyngitis.
A complete check up is required to diagnose the problem.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Clicking sound while opening and closing of mouth indicates some abnormality in Temporomandibular joint, it can be due to TMJ disorders, bruxism, jaw injuries .
I would suggest you to take her to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and get the clinical evaluation done , take an OPG x-ray , depending upon which treatment will be decided.

Tooth infection can cause lymph nodes of the neck to swell and become tender.
So it can definately be related to gum and tooth problems.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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