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Can TMJ cause the bridge of my nose to be tender?. Alsocould I have a fractured tooth in front that does not show up on exray.
Right side of my cheek is swollen and feels like its in a spasam.
What can I do.When I chew on right it feels like chewing on a sponge.Thank YOU

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Hi Anna,

I have heard about hundreds of different TMJ cases, and there are usually never any two that sound the same.

Your question is.....Can TMJ cause the bridge of your nose to be tender?  I know this won't be a helpful answer to you, but I will just say maybe.

When TMJ occurs it can upset the delicate balance of bone structure and muscles within your face.  Sometimes it can even effect other parts of the body, like your neck or shoulders.  TMJ does all kinds of random things, which is why even the best dentists struggle to figure out how to mitigate the problem.

So perhaps the delicate balance of bones and muscles within your face are causing a pressure point within the bridge of your nose. This is just a guess of what could be happening, and not based on any scientific fact.

I am also not surprised that other bad things are happening inside and around your mouth.  The muscle spasm within your cheek and the spongey feeling on the right side could all be part of the same problem.

And last week, a friend of my mine told me her dentist said that when she has that spongey feeling within a tooth, that means it could be decaying or infected.

By the way, what caused the fracture in your front tooth??  That could be an important clue as to how to proceed with treatment. I don't know if it would show up in an X-ray, but a good dentist might be able to tell if there is a fracture with a visual inspection anyway.

So again, maybe a lot of things.  Obviously you need to get to a dentist right away.  I would prefer you to go to a Board Certified Dentist who deals with TMJ problems on a daily basis.  Please read my responses to many other questions here on Allexperts.com to see why getting the right TMJ dentist is so important.

Thank you for writing in your question and hopefully with the right professional help you can make your tender nose and teeth feel more comfortable.

Best regards,
Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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