TMJ 'dysfunction' - Health implications

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 Post subject: Palatal Myoclonus
PostPosted: Fri, 10 Dec 2021, 4:28 pm 
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Here is a report of one patient's ongoing battle:
"During 2018 I developed severe and chronic muscle spasms throughout my orofacial region, which later progressed to my neck and upper airway. These commenced during and following dental treatment by a practitioner in Northern Ireland.
I sought help from the following professionals (I believe in chronological order)

- GP
- Dentist
- Specialist Prosthodontist
- Specialist Orthodontist
- Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
- Consultant Orthodontist and Professor, local dental hospital
- Senior Oral Medicine consultant
- Consultant and Clinical Director of Neurology
- ENT consultant Clinical Director

Before visiting Dr Amir in Dec 2020, I had the following medical conditions, listed in order of significance to myself:
This is a condensed list:
- Palatal myoclonus;
- Spasms and contractions of the muscles of the soft palate and upper airway;
- Orofacial Dystonia;
- Spasms and muscle contractions of numerous facial muscles;
- Spasms and contractions of the neck and suboccipital muscles;
- Spasms of the eye muscles;
- Myofascial pain;
- Head, neck, shoulders, lower back pain;
- Breathing difficulty;
- Neck instability and pain;
- Jaw clicking, popping, muscle spasm;
- Severe facial tension, pain talking, swallowing;

Many of the medical conditions listed commenced following dental work I had done during 2018. This is a succinct description of the medical professionals I have seen before seeing Dr Amir. In summary, I have been diagnosed with palatal myoclonus and Dystonia

- GP referral to a maxillofacial surgeon;
- Medication;
- Dentist;
- Splint, did not help;
- Specialist Prosthodontist - Splint in the retruded contact position. It did not help and made some eye and facial spasms worse. He, however, acknowledged that there was a discrepancy between occlusion and muscles of mastication;
- Specialist Orthodontist - He acknowledged occlusion had been left in a poor state but stepped aside once the dental hospital got involved;
- Maxillofacial surgeon who referred me to a dental hospital where I was prescribed medication;
- Consultant orthodontist / Professor Dental hospital who referred me to oral medicine where I was again prescribed medication;
- Neurology referral - The neurologist acknowledged on several occasions he had seen similar symptoms with older patients on receiving ill-fitting dentures but referred me on to movement disorder in a local hospital. (I have not followed through on this)
- ENT - To liaise with neurology. No cause found for severe breathing difficulty;
- Neuromuscular dentist - custom splint following upper body tens machine stimulation. I found some relief with both Palatal myoclonus and Dystonia symptoms. However, many other symptoms like neck, breathing, pain etc still existed.

Here are some links to published literature that shows a link between Palatal myoclonus and dental treatment:
Essential palatal myoclonus following dental surgery A case report:

Palatal Myoclonus Associated with Orofacial Buccal Dystonia:

I analysed many peer-reviewed publications and more importantly, I spoke to many people with Dystonia, whose symptoms were being relieved and cured with dental work and custom orthotics. Specifically, to reposition the jaw. Unfortunately, I could find no real long-term cure for the palatal myoclonus, from speaking personally to many folks inflicted with this condition.

I found Dr Amir’s site online and, impressed with many of the patient reviews, decided to fly over for a consultation. During the consultation, it became apparent Dr Amir was extremely knowledgeable in treating TMD and had many years of experience.

He outlined many aspects of my oral health and indicated that he believed both my jaws were mispositioned. He positioned my lower jaw and indicated that the occlusion should, in fact, be in a different position. In fact, he had exactly positioned me into more or less the same position which the neuromuscular dentist had. This was a significantly different jaw relationship to which my occlusion provided but gave some symptomatic relief. In the consultation, I also noticed my breathing improved in this jaw relationship.

Dr Amir, did not commit to providing treatment at this stage, but rather, put together a comprehensive report on what dental treatment would be needed. He indicated he may be able to get my TMD symptoms stable, but indicated that he could not commit to resolving any of the other neuromuscular issues.

A week later, I returned to Dr Amir with the desire to commence treatment for stabilising my jaw and TMD. A functional appliance was fitted and I returned home.

One month into treatment, my palatal myoclonus is significantly reduced. My upper airway spasms are reduced. My breathing has noticeably improved.

Two months into treatment, my palatal myoclonus is still significantly reduced. Note - I have spoken to many people with this condition and no one has found a cure. Many are in a cycle of Botox, which in numerous instances (personal experiences shared) resulted in severe swallowing difficulty for weeks on end.

After two months, I have found the following improvements:
- Neck instability is significantly reduced. Cervical Pain and cracking are almost forgotten.
- Breathing is improving, but still not normal.
- Palatal Myoclonus reduced
- Dystonia of the fascial muscles improving. I had several days when this has vanished. It is now intermittent but still present.
- Head and neck tension and pain are reducing.

In summary, I feel very lucky to know finally that I will be seeing some improvement in the many debilitating chronic symptoms I have. My family and I are truly grateful to have found Dr Amir."

Note: Further submissions will be added as the patients' treatment progresses.

Myoclonus is an alarmingly distressing symptom. An ocular connection is present, but I have also come across an auricular version where the ear visibly twitched rhythmically and continuously. This I treated successfully about three years ago.

When a patient presents with a symptom that I have never even come across before, I do not initially give the patient any hope, nor do I discuss the symptom at length.

On reading the questionnaire submissions and his initial email narrative, I noted that the symptom had been caused during a dental intervention, and subsequently he had received some respite with another dental intervention. I was therefore optimistic that I could possibly help this patient.

The patient is in a distressed state and my experiences show that there is only one way to fix any such problem, which is a complex intervention as the patient had multiple jaw and teeth anomalies. The patient was given a written report with all the complexities involved, which he accepted.

The dictate of the dental governing body, probably formulated upon the advice of multiple experts such as the ones this patient unsuccessfully consulted, is that a dentist initially offer the patient simpler solutions to their jaw problem, namely:

a) Advise the patients to eat soft foods;
b) Undertake jaw exercises;
c) Undertake physiotherapy;
d) Undertake Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
e) Prescribe a bite raising splint.

If such Mickey Mouse treatments are prescribed to patients, it would not make a 1% difference to their condition. It would actually multiply their problems for a number of reasons:

a) All the symptoms deteriorate and additional symptoms start when proper intervention is delayed.
b) Directing patients to eat soft food or undertake jaw exercises or physiotherapy is an opt-out for the practitioner and gives absolutely no comfort or relief to the patients' symptoms.
c) Directing patients towards CBT is almost telling them that their problem is a mental issue, insulting their intelligence.
d) Splints always make patients worse by depressing their teeth deeper in the bone, causing further deterioration of the jaw joint. A month down the road and the patient soon notices that they have more pain than they started with.

However, patients arriving here have usually considered and tried most of these and many other modalities of care. Some have spent a £100K on their treatment and got only worse. Others have been on such a merry-go-rounds for thirty years and still as desperate, if not more so, as the first day they set out to get some relief from their symptoms.

Other like-minded practitioners, around the world, are usually the patients' last port of call. We cannot continue to give them treatments which have never made one iota of difference to their symptomatology.

Any like-minded dentist, anywhere in the world, is encouraged to write to us to be included in our database for referrals. If you have experience of a patient recovering from some "medical" condition, you may also submit an article to be added to our international forum. Please write to

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CONDITIONS OF USE AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This article is for educational purposes only. The improvement or benefits identified in this article or on this site are based on individual experiences which are dependent upon the patient’s unique health condition, medical history, and other individualised factors, and should not be considered representative of all treatment outcomes. You must do your due diligence by consulting your physician before embarking on what may be suggested here. This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider, and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on this forum. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

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