Idiopathic Condylar Resorption (ICR)

Idiopathic condylar resorption (ICR), also known as condylar resorption or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) resorption, is a rare condition where the jaw joint undergoes progressive, degeneration and resorption. It primarily affects young women and can lead to significant changes in the jaw structure, including jaw pain, facial asymmetry, and bite problems.

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms for ICR include jaw pain, limited jaw movement, facial asymmetry, bite changes, open bite, malocclusion, and difficulty in chewing and speaking. It may also be accompanied by clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, headaches, earaches, and TMJ-related discomfort. As idiopathic condylar resorption progresses, advanced symptoms may include significant facial asymmetry, pronounced bite changes, severe jaw pain, chronic headaches, difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, limited jaw movement, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, earaches, and hearing problems. In advanced stages, the resorption of the condyle can lead to functional impairments, such as difficulty in chewing and speaking.

Procedure Performed

Lefort 1 Segmental Osteotomy. Bilateral Total Joint Replacement (TJR). Genioplasty.

About This Patient

She was suffering with debilitating migraines, and chronic pain. She had consultations with neurologists, orthodontists, and had teeth extracted due to her small mouth. However, her symptoms persisted. Determined to find a solution, Natalie traveled from Illinois to meet with Dr. Movahed, who diagnosed the underlying issues with her jaw joint, cartilage, and airway. The surgery alleviated her pain and improved her sleep dramatically. Her post-operative experience was smooth, and she emphasizes the life-changing impact of the surgery.
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In This Video

Natalie’s constant migraines were negatively affecting her life to the point of always being tired and in pain. Her dentist, Dr. Baines, saw that her Temporomandibular joint was severely damaged and recommended Dr. Movahed. After her surgery with Dr. Movahed Natalie’s quality of life improved drastically. She expands more on her experience in the video.





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Dr. Movahed’s Thoughts...

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“In this video, Dr. Movahed talks about Natalie, an energetic and driven patient with facial pain and joint issues. Natalie’s case represents the types of patients that his practice is set up for – people with facial pain that significantly affects their daily lives, relationships, and sleep. Dr. Movahed highlights the debilitating nature of facial pain. The surgery Dr. Movahed performed for Natalie addressed her bite issues and restricted airway increasing her quality of life dramatically. Natalie also serves as an essential patient advocate, offering support and information to others facing similar surgeries, for which Dr. Movahed is immensely thankful.”