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Suffering from TMJ. Eating only liquified food. Not able to chew. Treatment?

I have a problem with TMJ and have not been able to eat for about 4 weeks. I put everything in the blender. Chicken, Veggie, Rice, ect. I believe that I have a balance diet , but all my food is liquified. Not have soar gums. Is it because I am not eating normally? In other words, not chewing my food and just gulping it down because it is blended.
Asked On : Thu, 5 Jul 2012
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Dentist, Periodontics 's  Response
hi, you are suffering from TMJ joint pain due to which you are unable to chew food peoperly. There are many exercises which can be taught by a physiotherapist to relax the muscles, you can also apply hot packs over the joint area, can also take some good muscle relaxants. Visit a good physiotherapist to learn exercises and get routine checkup done regularly by dentist. Avoid opening your mouth too wide.
take care
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Udaykumar Bondre's  Response
Hello & welcome,
If there is pain in TM Joint & that you are able to eat solid food, then there is definitely some underlying pathology which should be diagnosed & treated as soon as possible.
If you spend some more days with the same situation without undergoing any specific treatment, then trismus ( spasm of muscles ) may get severe along with pain.
Take care of your diet , visit your dentist immediately & undergo proper clinical examination to rule out any abnormality in TMJ movements which can be diagnosed with the help of TMJ view (X-ray) advised by dentist.
Such condition may even develop by the presence of wisdom tooth or third molar specially mandibular third molars which are impacted. If it is so, pain is usually referred to TMJ or that whole side of the jaw.
This will also be diagnosed by your dentist taking necessary x-rays & treated accordingly. Use of Antibiotics & Painkillers along with muscle relaxants is very vital in this case but should only be taken after dentist prescribes so.

Take care
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi, Thanks for writing in,
It seems that you might have loose TMJoint or mild sub luxesion of the joint.
This may be due to loose musculature surrounding the joint giving rise to clicking sound and pain at the joint.
There is no specific treatment but gradually it will be alright.
Do not chew the hard stuff.
Do not wide open the jaws.
While yawning put your hands on the joint.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Fri, 20 Jul 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
hello and welcome,
as you are suffering from pain in your temporomandibular joint,there is spasm of muscles which can lead into difficulty in chewing/swallowing food,difficulty in opening mouth and trismus ie,limited mouth opening.
i would advice you to get some physiotherapic exercises done like opening and closing mouth,heat therapy etc.
if symptoms persist,visit your dentist and get an x-ray,ie,tmj view.tjis will help to rule out any inflammation/dislocation of tmj.
this condition can also occur in cases like wisdom tooth impaction.
if there is pericoronitis,ie inflammation of flap covering gums,it has to be extracted or flap has to be incised by operculectomy to enhance tooth eruption.
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
you haven't mentioned how you got the problem and from how long you have been suffering from it and if you have visited any expert for this problem. 4 weeks is a long time and you need to cosult a tmj expert soon. hot fomentation over the tmj area is required. have intagesic m.r. twice to thrice a day. might give you some help.
tmj problems may include dislocation of the condyle to ankylosis and so its better to go for arthroscopy to ascertain the real situation. do not take it lightly.
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
i welcome your query, you have not stated that how did you started getting this problem, did you met with some accident or do you have a habit of clenching your teeth or anything like that.
TMJ problems are very common, and to treat them , ruling out the cause is really important.
for a symptomatic relief i would recommend a few points ,
1. take oral muscle relaxants,
2. warm compresses over the TMJ area,
3. try to open and close your mouth slowly(exercise),
besides, visit your dentist soon.
i wish you good health.
take care.
Answered: Sat, 21 Jul 2012
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