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Difficulty in Chewing

Chewing difficulties are generally attributed to stiffness and pain originating in the jaw muscles. It is also associated to teeth problems which make it difficult for the individual to chew hard foods.

Dr. Sudhakar Reddy attributes chewing difficulties to the following causes-

  • Xerostomia or dry mouth Dry mouth can be caused due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy and side effects of anti depressants.
  • Stiffness and resulting pain in the jaw muscles also a repercussion of radiation therapy given to the neck and jaw
  • Tooth grinding and clenching the jaw(Night grinding habit)
    Mucositis inflammation, pain and soreness in the mouth
  • Periodontal gum disease
  • Tooth decay and loss
  • Unable to wear dentures due to pain and inflammation of the gums
  • Changes to the mouth, tongue and jaw due to cancers such as oral cancer and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Facial fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Throat or larynx cancer
  • Glossitis

 

For all difficulties that interfere with your ability to eat consult Dr. Sudhakar Reddy for treatment options. Tooth pains, gum pain and denture complications are evaluated and treatments are prescribed to prevent further damage and deterioration of mastication. Range of the motion of the jaw and physical examination along with x-rays and CT scan are other evaluations that may be carried out to reveal jaw and chewing problems.

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